What does difficulty mean?

Definitions for difficultyˈdɪf ɪˌkʌl ti, -kəl ti

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word difficulty.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. trouble, difficulty(noun)

    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"

  2. difficulty(noun)

    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. difficulty(noun)

    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. difficulty, difficultness(noun)

    the quality of being difficult

    "they agreed about the difficulty of the climb"


  1. difficulty(Noun)

    The state of being difficult, or hard to do.

  2. difficulty(Noun)

    An obstacle that hinders achievement of a goal.

    We faced a difficulty.

  3. Origin: From difficultee, from difficulté, from difficultas, from difficul, older form of difficilis, from dis- + facilis; see difficile and difficult.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Difficulty(noun)

    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

  2. Difficulty(noun)

    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

  3. Difficulty(noun)

    a controversy; a falling out; a disagreement; an objection; a cavil

  4. Difficulty(noun)

    embarrassment of affairs, especially financial affairs; -- usually in the plural; as, to be in difficulties

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'difficulty' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1652

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'difficulty' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1772

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'difficulty' in Nouns Frequency: #323


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of difficulty in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of difficulty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. George Moore:

    The difficulty in life is the choice.

  2. Albert Einstein:

    In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

  3. Bradley Blakeman:

    California is in serious financial difficulty.

  4. Edward R. Murrow:

    Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.

  5. bj vengai chirwa:

    as simple as breathing but difficulty to control

Images & Illustrations of difficulty

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