sub·​prob·​lem ˈsəb-ˌprä-bləm How to pronounce subproblem (audio)
: a problem that is contingent on or forms a part of another more inclusive problem

Examples of subproblem in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The subproblems were small enough to fit in the memory of a modern PC. Joseph Calamia, Discover Magazine, 19 Nov. 2019 One way to address this issue is to divide the computational problem at hand into smaller subproblems, each solved in turn by an analog computer working under the supervision of a digital computer. IEEE Spectrum, 1 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1645, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of subproblem was circa 1645

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“Subproblem.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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