Definition of Difficult

1. Adjective. Not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure. "Why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"




2. Adjective. Hard to control. "An unmanageable situation"

Definition of Difficult

1. a. Hard to do or to make; beset with difficulty; attended with labor, trouble, or pains; not easy; arduous.

2. v. t. To render difficult; to impede; to perplex.

Definition of Difficult

1. Adjective. hard, not easy, requiring much effort ¹

2. Adjective. hard to manage, uncooperative, troublesome; eg. said of a person, a horse, etc. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Difficult

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Difficult

1. 1. Hard to do or to make; beset with difficulty; attended with labour, trouble, or pains; not easy; arduous. Difficult implies the notion that considerable mental effort or skill is required, or that obstacles are to be overcome which call for sagacity and skill in the agent; as, a difficult task; hard work is not always difficult work; a difficult operation in surgery; a difficult passage in an author. "There is not the strength or courage left me to venture into the wide, strange, and difficult world, alone." (Hawthorne) 2. Hard to manage or to please; not easily wrought upon; austere; stubborn; as, a difficult person. Synonym: Arduous, painful, crabbed, perplexed, laborious, unaccommodating, troublesome. See Arduous. Origin: From Difficulty. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Difficult

differently abled
differentness
differentnesses
differents
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differing
differingly
differs
difficile
difficileness
difficilitate
difficilitated
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difficilitating
difficult (current term)
difficult nut to crack
difficulties
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difficulty levels
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diffidently

Literary usage of Difficult

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1. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot (1876)
"He thought that they must part in silence, but it was difficult to move toward the parting, till she looked at him with a sort of intention in her eyes, ..."

2. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (1912)
"... who goes R; then Cinna, who hobbles over to L; then Decius, who stays R C. 3It is difficult to cut this speech, but the play will get very long. ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1899)
"He takes exception to the writer's opinion that the art of chipping stone, technically considered, is more difficult than is pecking and grinding. ..."

4. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot (1876)
"He thought that they must part in silence, but it was difficult to move toward the parting, till she looked at him with a sort of intention in her eyes, ..."

5. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (1912)
"... who goes R; then Cinna, who hobbles over to L; then Decius, who stays R C. 3It is difficult to cut this speech, but the play will get very long. ..."

6. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1899)
"He takes exception to the writer's opinion that the art of chipping stone, technically considered, is more difficult than is pecking and grinding. ..."

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