Difficulty definition

dĭfĭ-kŭltē, -kəl-
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Something not easily done, accomplished, comprehended, or solved.

We face a difficulty that requires unconventional thinking.

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The condition or quality of being difficult.

The difficulty of a task.

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Something that is difficult, as a hard problem or an obstacle or objection.
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The condition or fact of being difficult.
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A troublesome or embarrassing state of affairs, especially of financial affairs.

Lost his job and found himself in difficulties.

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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.

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Trouble, distress, etc., or a cause of this.
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A disagreement or dispute.

A company trying to settle difficulties with labor.

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The state of being difficult, or hard to do.
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An obstacle that hinders achievement of a goal.

We faced a difficulty.

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A disagreement or quarrel.
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in difficulties
  • in distress, esp. financially
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
difficulty
Plural:
difficulties

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of difficulty

  • Middle English difficulte from Old French dificulte from Latin difficultās from difficilis difficult dis- dis- facilis easy dhē- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English difficultee, from Old French difficulté, from Latin difficultas, from difficul, older form of difficilis (“hard to do, difficult”), from dis- + facilis (“easy”); see difficile and difficult.

    From Wiktionary