Definitions for problem
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word problem.
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"
a question raised for consideration or solution
"our homework consisted of ten problems to solve"
a source of difficulty
"one trouble after another delayed the job"; "what's the problem?"
A difficulty that has to be resolved or dealt with.
A question to be answered, schoolwork exercise.
A puzzling circumstance.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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.
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
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
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. ]
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
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. problēma—pro, before, ballein, to throw.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'problem' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #310
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'problem' in Written Corpus Frequency: #298
Rank popularity for the word 'problem' in Nouns Frequency: #23
The numerical value of problem in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of problem in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
By labeling a bundle of problems with a single conceptual label, we make dealing with that problem easier - provided we're not interested in solving it.
Rafsanjani is above all a pragmatist, a problem solver. He looks for ways to get things done.
The big problem with IARC ... is that what they're doing is looking around for any evidence that might enable them to say that under particular circumstances this thing could be a carcinogen.
This problem, the lack of information, is of the defendant's own making, the facts are shifting under our feet on a daily basis. ... There's been little clarity by the Postal Service itself.
I can't even stand the thought of it, when I go to the beach and see all the plastic on the waves and in the sand. It's found in most every bird stomach and in sea turtles and whales that starve to death, and the problem is getting much worse.
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- مسألة, مشكلةArabic
- poelladenn, kudennBreton
- problemaCatalan, Valencian
- Problem, ÜbungGerman
- dificultad, lío, bronca, embrollo, problema, ejercicioSpanish
- mure, harjutus, probleem, kitsikus, küsimus, mõistatus, takistusEstonian
- arazo, buruketa, buruhausteBasque
- مشکل, مسئلهPersian
- harjoitus, vaikeus, probleemi, ongelma, harjoitustehtäväFinnish
- duilgheadas, staingScottish Gaelic
- feladat, baj, gond, problémaHungarian
- հարց, խնդիրArmenian
- პრობლემა, ამოცანაGeorgian
- problēma, uzdevumsLatvian
- задача, проблемMacedonian
- kesulitan, masalah, kemusykilanMalay
- probleem, oefeningDutch
- problemNorwegian Nynorsk
- oppgave, utfordringNorwegian
- kłopot, zadanie, problemPolish
- problema, exercícioPortuguese
- проблема, задача, заданиеRussian
- проблем, zadatak, jednadžba, problemSerbo-Croatian
- çështje, problemAlbanian
- tatizo, masaibuSwahili
- เรื่อง, โจทย์, ปัญหาThai
- vấn đềVietnamese
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