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Dictionary definition for: Difficulty

1. (n) 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. (n) 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. (n) 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. (n) the quality of being difficult; "they agreed about the difficulty of the climb"

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