Synonyms of difficulty


1. trouble, difficulty, effort, elbow grease, exertion, travail, sweat

usage: an effort that is inconvenient; "I went to a lot of trouble"; "he won without any trouble"; "had difficulty walking"; "finished the test only with great difficulty"

2. difficulty, cognitive factor

usage: a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result; "serious difficulties were encountered in obtaining a pure reagent"

3. difficulty, condition, status

usage: a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome; "grappling with financial difficulties"

4. difficulty, difficultness, quality

usage: the quality of being difficult; "they agreed about the difficulty of the climb"

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Definition and meaning of difficulty (Dictionary)