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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Difficulty  \Dif"fi*cul*ty\,  n.;  pl  {Difficulties}.  [L. 
  difficultas  fr  difficilis  difficult;  dif-  =  dis-  +  facilis 
  easy:  cf  F.  difficult['e].  See  {Facile}.] 
  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. 
 
  Syn:  Impediment;  obstacle;  obstruction;  embarrassment; 
  perplexity;  exigency;  distress;  trouble;  trial; 
  objection;  cavil.  See  {Impediment}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  difficulty 
  n  1:  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" 
  [syn:  {trouble}] 
  2:  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:  a  situation  or  condition  almost  beyond  one's  ability  to  deal 
  with  and  requiring  great  effort  to  bear  or  overcome: 
  "grappling  with  financial  difficulties" 
  4:  the  quality  of  being  difficult;  "they  agreed  about  the 
  difficulty  of  the  climb"  [syn:  {difficultness}]  [ant:  {ease}] 




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