Meaning of PROBLEM in English

I. ˈprä-bləm, -b ə m, -ˌblem noun

Etymology: Middle English probleme, from Latin problema, from Greek problēma, literally, obstacle, from proballein to throw forward, from pro- forward + ballein to throw — more at pro- , devil

Date: 14th century


a. : a question raised for inquiry, consideration, or solution

b. : a proposition in mathematics or physics stating something to be done


a. : an intricate unsettled question

b. : a source of perplexity, distress, or vexation

c. : difficulty in understanding or accepting

I have a problem with your saying that

Synonyms: see mystery

II. adjective

Date: 1894

1. : dealing with a problem of conduct or social relationship

a problem play

2. : difficult to deal with

a problem child

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