Problem Definition

A question proposed for solution or consideration.
Webster's New World
A question, matter, situation, or person that is perplexing or difficult.
Webster's New World
A proposition requiring solution by mathematical operations, constructions, etc.
Webster's New World
A personal matter that causes one difficulty or needs to be dealt with.
Felt her tyrannical boss had deep-seated problems.
American Heritage
A misgiving, objection, or complaint.
I have a problem with his cynicism.
American Heritage
Presenting a problem of human conduct or social relationships.
A problem novel.
Webster's New World
Very difficult to deal with; esp., very difficult to train or discipline.
A problem child.
Webster's New World
no problem
  • Used to express confirmation of or compliance with a request.
  • Used to acknowledge an expression of gratitude.
American Heritage
have a problem with
  • 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

Webster's New World
no problem!
  • yes!; I will do what you ask!
  • easily done!
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Problem


problemata, problems

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Origin of Problem

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English probleme from Old French from Latin problēma problēmat- from Greek from proballein to throw before, put forward pro- before pro–2 ballein blē- to throw gwelə- in Indo-European roots

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

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