Meaning of problem

prob•lem

Pronunciation: (prob'lum), [key]
— n.
  1. any question or matter involving doubt, uncertainty, or difficulty.
  2. a question proposed for solution or discussion.
  3. a statement requiring a solution, usually by means of a mathematical operation or geometric construction.
  4. (used as a conventional reply to a request or to express confirmation, affirmation, or gratitude).
—adj.
  1. difficult to train or guide; unruly: a problem child.
  2. dealing with choices of action difficult either for an individual or for society at large: a problem play.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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