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Americans in need are not strangers, they are citizens, not problems, but priorities.

If you can solve the problems, will you send me the answers by the first post?

Christian Vellacott had worked out most problems in life for himself.

Your experience is called on to solve instantly and practically a thousand problems.

In no way at all did it solve the problems by which I had been so suddenly confronted.

Problems are never so simple in the working out as they appear in theories.

The problems of love are linked on to the needs of the race.

It also has direct and urgent bearing on many of the problems of womanhood.

The problems of our individual loves are linked on to the racial life.

Here is Thoreau's attitude toward the problems of the inner 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.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.