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difficulty

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noun dif·fi·cul·ty \-(ˌ)kəl-tē\

Simple Definition of difficulty

  • : the quality of something that makes it hard to do : the difficult nature of something

  • : something that is not easy to do or to deal with : a difficult situation

  • : a disagreement in opinion

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of difficulty

plural

difficulties

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being difficult

  2. 2 :  controversy, disagreement

  3. 3 :  objection

  4. 4 :  something difficult :  impediment

  5. 5 :  embarrassment, trouble —usually used in plural

Examples of difficulty in a sentence

  1. She underestimated the difficulty of saving so much money.

  2. <the many difficulties that he encountered on the road from poor orphan to head of a major corporation>



Origin and Etymology of difficulty

Middle English difficulte, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French difficulté, from Latin difficultas, from difficilis not easy, from dis- + facilis easy — more at facile


First Known Use: 14th century



DIFFICULTY Defined for Kids

difficulty

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noun dif·fi·cul·ty \ˈdi-fi-ˌkəl-tē\

Definition of difficulty for Students

plural

difficulties

  1. 1 :  the state of being hard to do <the difficulty of a task>

  2. 2 :  great effort <He solved the puzzle with difficulty.>

  3. 3 :  something that makes something hard to do :  obstacle <She overcame great difficulties to achieve success.>

  4. 4 :  a troublesome situation <She saw a way out of the difficulty.>





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