noun (plural difficulties)
- 1The state or condition of being difficult: Guy had no difficulty in making friends she walks with difficultyMore example sentences
- The lack of air in a birth chart can indicate difficulty in the expression of that person.
- Monet's desire to become a painter was something his father accepted with difficulty.
- No wonder we have such difficulty in getting really good candidates to stand.
- 1.1A thing that is hard to accomplish, deal with, or understand: there is a practical difficulty a club with financial difficultiesMore example sentences
- In addition, some firms encounter difficulties in understanding the new rules of the game.
- I have the professional experience that allows me to understand his difficulties.
- School was very hard for me but doing sports helped me deal with the difficulties of it.
- 1.2 (often difficulties) A situation that is difficult or dangerous: they went for a swim but got into difficultiesMore example sentences
- He got into difficulties almost immediately and disappeared beneath the water.
- In two separate incidents, two divers got into difficulties in Scapa Flow on Sunday.
- He had got into difficulties in the Atlantis outdoor swimming pool on Sunday afternoon.
late Middle English (in the senses 'requiring effort or skill' and 'something difficult'): from Latin difficultas, from dis- (expressing reversal) + facultas 'ability, opportunity'.