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problem

[ prob-luhm ]
/ ˈprɒb ləm /
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noun

any question or matter involving doubt, uncertainty, or difficulty.
a question proposed for solution or discussion.
Mathematics. a statement requiring a solution, usually by means of a mathematical operation or geometric construction.

adjective

difficult to train or guide; unruly: a problem child.
Literature. dealing with choices of action difficult either for an individual or for society at large: a problem play.

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Idioms for problem

    no problem, Informal.
    1. (used as a conventional reply to a request or to express confirmation or affirmation): Sure, no problem, I can do that right away.
    2. (used as a conventional reply to an expression of gratitude or thanks): No problem, I’m glad I could help!

Origin of problem

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English probleme, from Middle French problème, from Latin problēma, from Greek próblēma “something thrown or put forward, projection, obstacle, defence, something offered as an excuse, something proposed as a task, practical or theoretical problem” (akin to probállein “to throw or lay before”), equivalent to pro- pro-2 + -blē-, variant stem of bállein “to throw” (cf. parabola) + -ma noun suffix of result

OTHER WORDS FROM problem

sub·prob·lem, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for problem

problem
/ (ˈprɒbləm) /

noun

  1. any thing, matter, person, etc, that is difficult to deal with, solve, or overcome
  2. (as modifier)a problem child
a puzzle, question, etc, set for solution
maths a statement requiring a solution usually by means of one or more operations or geometric constructions
(modifier) designating a literary work that deals with difficult moral questionsa problem play

Word Origin for problem

C14: from Late Latin problēma, from Greek: something put forward; related to proballein to throw forwards, from pro- ² + ballein to throw
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Idioms and Phrases with problem

problem

see no problem.

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