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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.
difficulty (plural difficulties)
- The state of being difficult, or hard to do.
- An obstacle that hinders achievement of a goal.
- We faced a difficulty.
state of being difficult