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difficulty

[ dif-i-kuhl-tee, -kuhl-tee ]
/ ˈdɪf ɪˌkʌl ti, -kəl ti /
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noun, plural dif·fi·cul·ties.

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Origin of difficulty

1350–1400; Middle English difficulte (<Anglo-French ) <Latin difficultās, equivalent to difficil(is) difficile + -tās-ty2

OTHER WORDS FROM difficulty

pre·dif·fi·cul·ty, noun, plural pre·dif·fi·cul·ties.
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British Dictionary definitions for difficulty

difficulty
/ (ˈdɪfɪkəltɪ) /

noun plural -ties

Word Origin for difficulty

C14: from Latin difficultās, from difficilis difficult, from dis- not + facilis easy, facile
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