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Definitions of difficulty

  1. the quality of being difficult; "they agreed about the difficulty of the climb" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. an effort that is inconvenient; "I went to a lot of trouble"; "he won without any trouble"; "had difficulty walking"; "finished the test only with great difficulty" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. Something difficult; a thing hard to do or to understand; that which occasions labor or perplexity, and requires skill and perseverance to overcome, solve, or achieve; a hard enterprise; an obstacle; an impediment; as, the difficulties of a science; difficulties in theology. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. A controversy; a falling out; a disagreement; an objection; a cavil. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. The state of being difficult, or hard to do; hardness; arduousness; - opposed to easiness or facility; as, the difficulty of a task or enterprise; a work of difficulty. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Embarrassment of affairs, especially financial affairs; - usually in the plural; as, to be in difficulties. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. State of being hard or perplexing; something hard to do; scruple; objection; hindrance. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. Laboriousness: obstacle: objection: that which cannot be easily understood or believed: embarrassment of affairs. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. Quality of being difficult; arduousness; obstacle; embarrassment; dispute. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. The state or quality of being difficult; an obstacle; hindrance; objection; trouble; distress. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. The state of being difficult; anything difficult; obstacle; objection. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. That which is hard to be done; an obstacle; perplexity; distress. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. The state of being difficult, or hard to do; hardness; arduousness; -- opposed to easiness or facility; as, the difficulty of a task or enterprise; a work of difficulty. mso.anu.edu.au
  16. Embarrassment of affairs, especially financial affairs; -- usually in the plural; as, to be in difficulties. mso.anu.edu.au
  17. Being hard to do (with d., often as adv. =not easily) or obscure; something hard or obscure; hindrance; embarrassment of affairs, esp. want of money; reluctance, demur, objection, (make dd., be unaccommodating). [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  18. adv. With difficulty; laboriously. Cabinet Dictionary
  19. n. [French] State or quality of requiring labour, and pains to make, perform, or deal with;—a thing hard to accomplish or deal with; obstacle; hindrance;—toil-someness, as of ascent; perplexity, as of mind; objection, as to belief;—embarrassment, as in business; entanglement, as in conduct of affairs; difference or quarrel, as between related parties;—impediment, as in utterance or speech. Cabinet Dictionary
  20. Hardness, contrariety to easiness; that which is hard to accomplish; dirtress, opposition; perplexity in affairs; objection, cavil. Complete Dictionary
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