Definition of Problem

1. Noun. A state of difficulty that needs to be resolved. "Urban problems such as traffic congestion and smog"

Exact synonyms: Job
Generic synonyms: Difficulty
Specialized synonyms: Race Problem, Balance-of-payments Problem
Derivative terms: Problematic, Problematical

2. Noun. A question raised for consideration or solution. "Our homework consisted of ten problems to solve"

3. Noun. A source of difficulty. "What's the problem?"
Exact synonyms: Trouble
Generic synonyms: Difficulty
Specialized synonyms: Pressure Point, Can Of Worms, Deep Water, Growing Pains, Hydra, Matter
Derivative terms: Problematical, Trouble, Troublous

Definition of Problem

1. n. A question proposed for solution; a matter stated for examination or proof; hence, a matter difficult of solution or settlement; a doubtful case; a question involving doubt.

Definition of Problem

1. Noun. A difficulty that has to be resolved or dealt with. ¹

2. Noun. A question to be answered, schoolwork exercise. ¹

3. Noun. A puzzling circumstance. ¹

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Definition of Problem

1. a perplexing question or situation [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Problem

problem (current term)
problem-oriented language
problem child
problem children
problem solver
problem solving
problem space
problem spaces

Literary usage of Problem

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant, John Miller Dow Meiklejohn (1899)
"THE UNIVERSAL problem OF PURE REASON It is extremely advantageous to be able to bring a number of investigations under the formula of a single problem. ..."

2. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1907)
"problem III. D = The problem was solved by nsing one variable. ... problem VII. A = General principle nsed. See A under the second problem. ..."

3. Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant, John Miller Dow Meiklejohn (1855)
"Upon the solution of this problem, or upon sufficient proof of the impossibility ... Among philosophers, David Hume came the nearest "of all to this problem ..."

4. Psychological Review by American Psychological Association (1879)
"It is the aim of this brief statement to give the main problem of ... The central problem of psychology is the problem of conscious 'thinking' reflection. ..."

5. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"The problem before us is to find all sets of functions x, y, z of t which will satisfy (19). It may happen that the left member of (19) becomes a complete ..."

6. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1916)
"943-53 Mr. Je '16 Hellenic factor in the problem of the Near East. ... J Home Econ 8:40-1 Ja '16 Marsh, Frank Burr Some phases of the problem of provincial ..."

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