difficulty[dif′i kul′tē, -kəl′-]
- The definition of a difficulty refers to something that hinders you or causes you to have to face challenges, or the state or condition of being challenged or having a hard time.
- When you have a very hard time learning to ski, this is an example of a time when you have difficulty skiing.
- A challenge that arises that prevents you from achieving your goal is an example of a difficulty.
This person is having difficulty learning to ski.
- the condition or fact of being difficult
- something that is difficult, as a hard problem or an obstacle or objection
- trouble, distress, etc., or a cause of this
- a disagreement or quarrel
Origin of difficultyMiddle English and amp; Old French difficulte ; from Classical Latin difficultas ; from difficilis, difficult ; from dis-, not + facilis, easy: see facile
in distress, esp. financially
- The condition or quality of being difficult: the difficulty of a task.
- Something not easily done, accomplished, comprehended, or solved: We face a difficulty that requires unconventional thinking.
- often difficulties A troublesome or embarrassing state of affairs, especially of financial affairs: lost his job and found himself in difficulties.
- A disagreement or dispute: a company trying to settle difficulties with labor.
Origin of difficultyMiddle English difficulte, from Old French dificulte, from Latin difficultās, from difficilis, difficult : dis-, dis- + facilis, easy; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.