Difficulty

Definition of Difficulty

Dif´fi`cul`ty
n.1.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.
Not being able to promote them [the interests of life] on account of the difficulty of the region.
- James Byrne.
2.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.
They lie under some difficulties by reason of the emperor's displeasure.
- Addison.
3.A controversy; a falling out; a disagreement; an objection; a cavil.
Measures for terminating all local difficulties.
- Bancroft.
4.Embarrassment of affairs, especially financial affairs; - usually in the plural; as, to be in difficulties.
In days of difficulty and pressure.
- Tennyson.

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