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?"

Wiktionary

  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.

Wikipedia

  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.

ChatGPT

  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. ]

Wikidata

  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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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

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

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

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

  3. Nouns Frequency

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

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Numerology

  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. Dorothy Marcic:

    I’ve shared the medical records withtwo psychiatrists and three psych nurses, they all said there’s no proof at all that she was psychotic. She never showed any symptoms of it and nobody ever suspected of it. And if you look at her version of what happened that night, they were arguing, he was abusive and she went into a psychotic state and pulled the trigger. The problem is that they were upstairs and his guns were downstairs. He had a number of weapons because he was a former police officer.

  2. Ida Ostensson:

    It's not a bigger problem in Sweden( than elsewhere), it's because we are a feminist country -- that's why we can organize and speak out... Where there are women and where there are men, there are going to be problems.

  3. John Kasich:

    So, you have to have the strength to walk away. The problem, Bret, with all of this is just listen to our Arab friends who say, 'listen, if you give the Iranians all this cash by lifting the sanctions, they're going to fund Hamas. They're going to fund Hezbollah' who is the enemy to the Arab nations that we have things in common with.

  4. Michelle Mahon:

    This kind of dynamic is particularly attractive right now to employers who have not made any of the changes necessary to ensure patient and nursing safety during this COVID-19 pandemic, instead of them addressing the actual problem, they want to go and pivot to this other really fake solution.

  5. Charles Brown:

    It’s not a problem, but it’s a challenge.

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