- The definition of a problem is something that has to be solved or an unpleasant or undesirable condition that needs to be corrected.
- An example of a problem is an algebra equation.
- An example of a problem is when it is raining and you don't have an umbrella.
- a question proposed for solution or consideration
- a question, matter, situation, or person that is perplexing or difficult
- Math. a proposition requiring solution by mathematical operations, constructions, etc.
Origin of problemMiddle English probleme ; from Middle French ; from Classical Latin problema ; from Classical Greek problēma ; from proballein, to throw forward ; from pro-, forward + ballein, to throw, drive: see pro- and amp; ball
- presenting a problem of human conduct or social relationships: a problem novel
- very difficult to deal with; esp., very difficult to train or discipline: a problem child
have a problem withInformal
- to be unable to understand or do: she has a problem with French verbs
- to disagree with; disapprove of: I have a problem with your plans to paint the kitchen purple
- A question to be considered, solved, or answered: math problems.
- a. A situation, matter, or person that is hard to deal with or understand: was having problems breathing; considered the main problem to be his boss. See Usage Note at dilemma.b. A personal matter that causes one difficulty or needs to be dealt with: felt her tyrannical boss had deep-seated problems.
- A misgiving, objection, or complaint: I have a problem with his cynicism.
- Difficult to deal with or control: a problem child.
- Dealing with a moral or social problem: a problem play.
Origin of problemMiddle English probleme, from Old French, from Latin problēma, problēmat-, from Greek, from proballein, to throw before, put forward : pro-, before; see pro–2 + ballein, blē-, to throw; see gwel&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(plural problems or problemata)
From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin problema, from Ancient Greek πρόβλημα (problema, “anything thrown forward, hindrance, obstacle, anything projecting, a headland, promontory”), from προβάλλω (proballo, “to throw or lay something in front of someone, to put forward”), from προ- (pro-, “in front of”) + βάλλω (ballo, “to throw, to cast, to hurl”).