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problem

[ prob-luhm ]SEE DEFINITION OF problem
  • noundifficulty; bad situation
  • nounpuzzle, question

Synonyms for problem

  • complication
  • dilemma
  • dispute
  • headache
  • issue
  • obstacle
  • question
  • trouble
  • botheration
  • box
  • count
  • crunch
  • disagreement
  • doubt
  • hitch
  • mess
  • pickle
  • predicament
  • quandary
  • scrape
  • squeeze
  • worriment
  • can of worms
  • disputed point
  • hot water
  • point at issue
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Antonyms for problem

  • advantage
  • agreement
  • assistance
  • blessing
  • help
  • peace
  • benefit
  • certainty
  • opening
  • solution
  • good situation
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PROBLEM

That the problem is here crying aloud for solution is apparent.

To solve their problem the engineers borrowed an idea from the Sumerians.

In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem.

The financial as well as this ecclesiastical question was a problem.

Today we can declare: Government is not the problem, and government is not the solution.

This was the problem which they were turning over in their minds.

He was trying to solve his problem and Tillie's, and what he had found was no solution, but a compromise.

And if life be, as it surely is, a problem to me, I am no less a problem to life.

His mind refused to work out the problem; his side was so sore.

The problem was, how was he going to get along without her for the rest of his life?

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "a difficult question proposed for solution," from Old French problème (14c.) and directly from Latin problema, from Greek problema "a task, that which is proposed, a question;" also "anything projecting, headland, promontory; fence, barrier;" also "a problem in geometry," literally "thing put forward," from proballein "propose," from pro "forward" (see pro-) + ballein "to throw" (see ballistics).

Meaning "a difficulty" is mid-15c. Mathematical sense is from 1560s in English. Problem child first recorded 1920. Phrase _______ problem in reference to a persistent and seemingly insoluble difficulty is attested at least from 1882, in Jewish problem. Response no problem "that is acceptable; that can be done without difficulty" is recorded from 1968.

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