What does Problem mean?

Definitions for Problem
ˈprɒb ləmprob·lem

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. problem, jobnoun

    a state of difficulty that needs to be resolved

    "she and her husband are having problems"; "it is always a job to contact him"; "urban problems such as traffic congestion and smog"

  2. problemnoun

    a question raised for consideration or solution

    "our homework consisted of ten problems to solve"

  3. trouble, problemnoun

    a source of difficulty

    "one trouble after another delayed the job"; "what's the problem?"


  1. problemnoun

    A difficulty that has to be resolved or dealt with.

  2. problemnoun

    A question to be answered, schoolwork exercise.

  3. problemnoun

    A puzzling circumstance.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PROBLEMnoun

    A question proposed.

    Etymology: probleme, Fr. πϱόβλημα.

    The problem is, whether a man constantly and strongly believing, that such a thing shall be, it doth help any thing to the effecting of the thing. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    Although in general one understood colours, yet were it not an easy problem to resolve, why grass is green? Brown.

    This problem let philosophers resolve,
    What makes the globe from West to East revolve. Richard Blackmore.


  1. Problem

    Problem solving is the process of achieving a goal by overcoming obstacles, a frequent part of most activities. Problems in need of solutions range from simple personal tasks (e.g. how to turn on an appliance) to complex issues in business and technical fields. The former is an example of simple problem solving (SPS) addressing one issue, whereas the latter is complex problem solving (CPS) with multiple interrelated obstacles. Another classification is into well-defined problems with specific obstacles and goals, and ill-defined problems in which the current situation is troublesome but it is not clear what kind of resolution to aim for. Similarly, one may distinguish formal or fact-based problems requiring psychometric intelligence, versus socio-emotional problems which depend on the changeable emotions of individuals or groups, such as tactful behavior, fashion, or gift choices.Solutions require sufficient resources and knowledge to attain the goal. Professionals such as lawyers, doctors, and consultants are largely problem solvers for issues which require technical skills and knowledge beyond general competence. Many businesses have found profitable markets by recognizing a problem and creating a solution: the more widespread and inconvenient the problem, the greater the opportunity to develop a scalable solution. There are many specialized problem-solving techniques and methods in fields such as engineering, business, medicine, mathematics, computer science, philosophy, and social organization. The mental techniques to identify, analyze, and solve problems are studied in psychology and cognitive sciences. Additionally, the mental obstacles preventing people from finding solutions is a widely researched topic: problem solving impediments include confirmation bias, mental set, and functional fixedness.


  1. problem

    A problem can be defined as a situation or an issue that needs to be resolved or dealt with. It typically involves a discrepancy between the current state or desired situation and the actual state or existing situation. Problems may vary in complexity and can arise in various areas of life, such as personal, professional, social, or academic. They often require analysis, decision-making, and the application of logical and creative thinking to find viable solutions or alternatives. Overall, a problem represents a challenge or obstacle that requires attention and effort to overcome.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Problemnoun

    a question proposed for solution; a matter stated for examination or proof; hence, a matter difficult of solution or settlement; a doubtful case; a question involving doubt

  2. Problemnoun

    anything which is required to be done; as, in geometry, to bisect a line, to draw a perpendicular; or, in algebra, to find an unknown quantity

  3. Etymology: [F. problme, L. problema, fr. Gr. anything thrown forward, a question proposed for solution, fr. to throw or lay before; before, forward + to throw. Cf. Parable. ]


  1. Problem

    A problem is the relation between human will and reality. When will and reality do not coincide, the resolution of this gap between reality and will is the solution of the problem. A problem implies a desired outcome coupled with an apparent deficiency, doubt or inconsistency that prevents the outcome from taking place.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Problem

    prob′lem, n. a matter difficult of settlement or solution: (geom.) a proposition in which something is required to be done.—adjs. Problemat′ic, -al, of the nature of a problem: questionable: doubtful.—adv. Problemat′ically.—v.i. Prob′lematise. [Fr.,—L.,—Gr. problēmapro, before, ballein, to throw.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Problem' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #310

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Problem' in Written Corpus Frequency: #298

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Problem' in Nouns Frequency: #23

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Problem in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Problem in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Problem in a Sentence

  1. L.F. Magister:

    The problem with people is that they see the problem before the solution, set up in failures more than the successes and live longer past than the present.

  2. Bertrand Russell:

    The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.

  3. Lee Rowland:

    The fact that some other human makes a decision to violate the law does not make you a criminal, and the problem with that law is that it views every protestor with criminal suspicion, so while rioting is not protected, the problem with that bill is it took every protester and rounded them up to a rioter effectively if one person makes the choice to break the law.

  4. Mark Pitcavage:

    The issue of extremists -- both white supremacists and anti-government extremists like the militia movement -- in the military is certainly a real problem and a perennial one. For that reason, it needs to be addressed, because the past few decades have illustrated that it will not go away on its own, we should be realistic about the extent of the problem, of course. We are talking about a small number of extremists here -- but as they can in general society, extremists in the military can cause harm disproportionate to their numbers.

  5. Vladimir Chuprov from Greenpeace:

    This is a large spill, and the problem is of a systemic nature, unless oil companies start paying in full, they don't have the motivation to prevent spills.

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    a disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride
    • A. disguise
    • B. perusal
    • C. confectionery
    • D. humility

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