It's sort of similar to the term open-ended. It's also sort of similar to the word ambiguous.

  • Can you give an example of such a question? Commented Aug 31, 2015 at 19:11
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    An average ELU question :)
    – user66974
    Commented Aug 31, 2015 at 19:19
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    An open question is one that does not have any particular answer. It is not even limited to a set number of choices, so it might be more general that what you are requesting. An open question is an invitation for the interlocutor to share their ideas about the subject, whatever they might be.
    – Drew
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 3:25
  • How about a multifaceted question? (I also take it you're not speaking about a multiple-choice question?)
    – Dan
    Commented Sep 3, 2015 at 14:37

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A subjective question can be answered in many ways.

  • @tchrist - I'm trying to get the hand of your editing style. Why does Flan get away with all that bold but William doesn't? Commented Sep 2, 2015 at 1:35
  • @aparente001 I get tired of typing.
    – tchrist
    Commented Sep 2, 2015 at 1:52
  • @aparente001 Ah, I see. I was using boldface for words I was defining, like in a dictionary or encyclopedia. I would use italics inline, such as in an example sentence. But tchrist seems to prefer using italics in both cases, so I'll follow his preference from now on!
    – Dan
    Commented Sep 3, 2015 at 14:28
  • @Flan - I think your bold was fine for definitions. You could have changed the last one to italics and left the other three in bold, imho.
    – J.R.
    Commented Sep 3, 2015 at 20:58

Some subtle differences here, depending on the tone you're going for. From Dictionary.Reference.Com:

- Controvertible: Arguable; debatable.

- Equivocal: Allowing the possibility of several different meanings, [...] especially with intent to deceive or misguide; susceptible of double interpretation.

- Obscure: Not clear or plain; ambiguous, vague, or uncertain.

If you can give more context, that might be helpful.

  • But ambiguous is ambiguous! It might mean that the question isn't worded clearly. Commented Sep 2, 2015 at 1:36
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    Also "sibylline" (i.e. mysterious, cryptic, difficult to understand).
    – Graffito
    Commented Sep 15, 2015 at 22:15

A multi-solution question. (I made that up.)

I also support "subjective".

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