Used by University lecturers to say they disagree with a piece of literature while not outwardly expressing that fact. There is often a long pause before this line is delivered often with pointless hand gestures.
Lecturer: I find David Starkey's work...................problematic.
by NagarPhunga April 3, 2017
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A catch-all insult used to negatively describe something you don't like, but can't describe why.
"That TV show is so problematic"
"Really? What problems does it cause?"
"umm... It's just problematic okay?! Don't ask me to give actual evidence and stuff..."
by L'appelDuVoid December 30, 2022
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A tired and passive aggressive word used by sociology majors when they are too afraid to call someone racist, sexist, or homophobic.
Janet: I learned in Sociology 101 that David Duke is problematic.

Me: I think you mean racist.

Janet: Now you’re being problematic with your mansplaining.

Me: Just shut up.
by HM2013 April 6, 2019
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A word used by young progressives when they don't like certain facts, but have no counter argument.
Someone: You know, only 3% of Latinos use Latinx, and many find Latinx offensive.

Progressive: What you just said is so problematic. how can you be so racist, sexist and transphobic?
by 1325386 January 15, 2022
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Being of extreme difficulty and just overall being extra for no reason. Causing problems for everyone because it's all they know how to do.
Nick,Gavin,and Ronnie are the most problematic squad at school.
by thrasher bitch September 9, 2017
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"Have you heard of the Jakepaulers and Logansters?"

"Yeah, they're a problematic fandom."
by Zyneith. March 19, 2018
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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
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