[ prob-luhm ]
/ ˈprɒb ləm /
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.
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, (used as a conventional reply to a request or to express confirmation, affirmation, or gratitude).
Origin of problem
OTHER WORDS FROM problemsub·prob·lem, noun
Words nearby problem
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British Dictionary definitions for subproblem
/ (ˈprɒbləm) /
- any thing, matter, person, etc, that is difficult to deal with, solve, or overcome
- (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 subproblem
see no problem.
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