A corporate-academic weasel word used mainly by people who sense that something may be oppressive, but don't want to do any actual thinking about what the problem is or why it exists. Also frequently used in progressive political settings among White People of a Certain Education to avoid using herd-frightening words like "racist" or "sexist."
I don't know, something about SlutWalk seems highly problematic to me.
by Scott & Hyacinth May 18, 2011
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A blanket term that describes any action that upholds a system of oppression for any oppressed groups. Most commonly used in social justice communities.
"I saw so many racist and problematic costumes during Halloween last year."
by obsessedsim September 30, 2013
Out of control. Made famous by Strong Bad's Everybody to the Limit.
"Problematic. Gettin' problematic." --Strong Bad
by Dr. Sunglasses March 05, 2005
A failing or inoperative automatic transmission.
When asked by the service technician at the garage if his automobile transmission was a stick shift, Bubba, having just attained a GED, replied, "No, problematic."
by harry flashman September 01, 2003