What does difficult mean?

Definitions for difficult
ˈdɪf ɪˌkʌlt, -kəltdif·fi·cult

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. difficult, hard(adj)

    not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure

    "a difficult task"; "nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access"; "difficult times"; "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"

  2. unmanageable, difficult(adj)

    hard to control

    "a difficult child", "an unmanageable situation"

Wiktionary

  1. difficult(Adjective)

    hard, not easy, requiring much effort

    Etymology: From difficulty, from difficultee, from difficulté, from difficultas, from difficul, older form of difficilis, from dis- + facilis; see difficile.

  2. difficult(Adjective)

    hard to manage, uncooperative, troublesome; eg. said of a person, a horse, etc.

    Etymology: From difficulty, from difficultee, from difficulté, from difficultas, from difficul, older form of difficilis, from dis- + facilis; see difficile.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Difficult(adj)

    hard to do or to make; beset with difficulty; attended with labor, trouble, or pains; not easy; arduous

  2. Difficult(adj)

    hard to manage or to please; not easily wrought upon; austere; stubborn; as, a difficult person

  3. Difficult(verb)

    to render difficult; to impede; to perplex

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Difficult

    dif′i-kult, adj. not easy: hard to be done: requiring labour and pains: hard to please: not easily persuaded.—adv. Diff′icultly.—n. Diff′iculty, laboriousness: obstacle: objection: that which cannot be easily understood or believed: embarrassment of affairs: a quarrel. [The adj. was formed from difficulty, in place of the old form difficile. Fr. difficulté—L. difficultas = difficilitasdifficilisdif (= dis), neg., and facilis, easy.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'difficult' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #425

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'difficult' in Written Corpus Frequency: #457

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'difficult' in Adjectives Frequency: #44

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How to say difficult in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of difficult in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of difficult in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of difficult in a Sentence

  1. Soichiro Monji:

    Even if the BOJ were to ease again, it is difficult to tell whether that would lift stocks and weaken the yen.

  2. Martin Simiyu:

    It makes it difficult for my life right now, we are coming to a place where we can not service these vehicles, we cannot take care of our family, we cannot pay the loans. It becomes hard for us. Why should I keep the vehicle on the road and maybe I'm not getting anything out of it?

  3. Anna Duritskaya:

    I am in a very difficult psychological condition and I cannot talk about this any more now. I feel bad ... I saw no one. I don't know where he came from, he was behind my back.

  4. Jason Chaffetz:

    It is an incredibly difficult job to be Speaker of the House.

  5. Korean Sangyup Lee:

    Because of these technologies, the car industry is about to hit a crossroads. The future is truly open, it's difficult to say if all the prestigious brands today will still be around in 10-20 years.

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