Questionable Ques"tion*a*ble, a. 1. Admitting of being questioned; inviting, or seeming to invite, inquiry. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Thou com'st in such a questionable shape That I will speak to thee. -- Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Liable to question; subject to be doubted or called in question; problematical; doubtful; suspicious. [1913 Webster]

It is questionable whether Galen ever saw the dissection of a human body.T. -- Baker. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Disputable; debatable; uncertain; doubtful; problematical; suspicious. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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