difficulty


dif·fi·cul·ty

noun \-(ˌ)kəl-tē\

: 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

plural dif·fi·cul·ties

Full Definition of DIFFICULTY

1
:  the quality or state of being difficult
3
:  objection
4
:  something difficult :  impediment
5
:  embarrassment, trouble —usually used in plural

Examples of DIFFICULTY

  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 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

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