difficulty

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English difficultee, from Old French difficulté, from Latin difficultas, from difficul, older form of difficilis (hard to do, difficult), from dis- + facilis (easy); see difficile and difficult.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈdɪfɪkʊlti/, /ˈdɪfɪkʌlti/
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Noun[edit]

difficulty (plural difficulties)

  1. The state of being difficult, or hard to do.
  2. An obstacle that hinders achievement of a goal.
    We faced a difficulty.

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