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Dictionary Definition

problematic adj
1 open to doubt or debate; "If you ever get married, which seems to be extremely problematic" [syn: debatable, problematical]
2 making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve; "a baffling problem"; "I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast"; "a problematic situation at home" [syn: baffling, knotty, problematical]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (UK) /ˌpɹɒblɛˈmætɪk/
  • (US) /ˌpɹɑblɛˈmætɪk/


Shortening of problematical, from problematicus, from problematikos.


  1. posing a problem; difficult to overcome or solve
  2. debatable; open to doubt
  3. unresolved or dubious
  4. doubtful or uncertain in its outcome


  • Danish: problematisk
  • Dutch: problematisch
  • French: problématique
  • German: problematisch
  • Greek: προβληματικός
  • Polish: problematyczny
  • Romanian: problematic
  • Slovenian: problematika
  • Spanish: problemático

Extensive Definition

"Problematic" is the name of Five Star's very first single, released in October 1983.
The song was performed on BBC TV's 'Pebble Mill At One' show, which brought the band to public attention. According to Five Star's father/manager, Buster Pearson, RCA records were on the phone offering the band a record contract before the end of their performance.
Five Star were asked to perform "Problematic" on the show as that particular edition was focussing on unemployment, trying to find work, and the problems that come with it. The song was simply about a young girl leaving school, trying to find work.
"Problematic" failed to chart in the UK.

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