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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";
    - fix [informal], hole [informal], jam [informal], mess [informal], muddle [informal], pickle [informal], kettle of fish [informal]
     
  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 [informal], travail [literary]

Antonym: ease

Encyclopedia: Difficulty