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Noun: difficulty  di-fi-kul-tee
  1. An effort that is inconvenient
    "had difficulty walking"; "finished the test only with great difficulty";
    - trouble
     
  2. A factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result
    "serious difficulties were encountered in obtaining a pure reagent"
     
  3. A condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome
    "grappling with financial difficulties"
     
  4. The quality of being difficult
    "they agreed about the difficulty of the climb";
    - difficultness

Derived forms: difficulties

See also: difficult, hard

Type of: cognitive factor, condition, effort, elbow grease, exertion, quality, status, sweat, travail

Antonym: ease

Encyclopedia: Difficulty