problematic, problematical
Both forms are used in BrE and AmE with no discernible difference in meaning, but problematic is (understandably, being shorter) much more common (eight times more so in the OEC) than problematical.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • problematical — index controversial, debatable, inauspicious, moot, problematic, uncertain (questionable), undecided …   Law dictionary

  • Problematical — Problematic Prob lem*at ic, Problematical Prob lem*at ic*al, a. [L. problematicus, Gr. ?: cf. F. probl[ e]matique.] Having the nature of a problem; not shown in fact; questionable; uncertain; unsettled; doubtful. {Prob lem*at ic*al*ly}, adv.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • problematical — [[t]prɒ̱bləmæ̱tɪk(ə)l[/t]] ADJ GRADED Problematical means the same as problematic. [FORMAL] …   English dictionary

  • problematical — problematic UK [ˌprɒbləˈmætɪk] / US [ˌprɑbləˈmætɪk] or problematical UK [ˌprɒbləˈmætɪk(ə)l] / US [ˌprɑbləˈmætɪk(ə)l] adjective involving or causing problems Planning a trip at that time is going to be problematic …   English dictionary

  • problematical — problematic [ˌprɒbləˈmætɪk] or problematical [ˌprɒbləˈmætɪk(ə)l] adj involving or causing problems …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • problematical — problematic ► ADJECTIVE ▪ presenting a problem. DERIVATIVES problematical adjective problematically adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • problematical — adjective see problematic I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • problematical — adjective a) doubtful or disputed b) dubious or ambiguous Syn: problematic …   Wiktionary

  • problematical — Synonyms and related words: a bit thick, a bit thin, absurd, arguable, at issue, baffling, bewildering, beyond belief, bothering, confounding, confusing, confutable, conjectural, contestable, controversial, controvertible, debatable, deniable,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • problematical — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. questionable, unsettled, perplexing; uncertain, enigmatic. See doubt. Ant., clear, unclouded. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective 1. In doubt or dispute: arguable, contested, debatable, disputable,… …   English dictionary for students

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