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Princeton's WordNet

  1. problem, job(noun)

    a state of difficulty that needs to be resolved

    "she and her husband are having problems"; "it is always a job to contact him"; "urban problems such as traffic congestion and smog"

    occupation, job, line, trouble, chore, line of work, business, task, caper

  2. problem(noun)

    a question raised for consideration or solution

    "our homework consisted of ten problems to solve"

    trouble, job

  3. trouble, problem(noun)

    a source of difficulty

    "one trouble after another delayed the job"; "what's the problem?"

    fuss, job, trouble, worry, hassle, difficulty, bother


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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. problem(n)

    Conundrum, a word of unknown origin, signifies some question or statement in which some hidden and fanciful resemblance is involved, the answer often depending upon a pun; an enigma is a dark saying; a paradox is a true statement that at first appears absurd or contradictory; a problem is something thrown out for solution; puzzle (from oppose) referred originally to the intricate arguments by which disputants opposed each other in the old philosophic schools. The riddle is an ambiguous or paradoxical statement with a hidden meaning to be guessed by the mental acuteness of the one to whom it is proposed; the riddle is not so petty as the conundrum, and may require much acuteness for its answer; a problem may require simply study and scholarship, as a problem in mathematics; a puzzle may be in something other than verbal statement, as a dissected map or any perplexing mechanical contrivance. Both enigma and puzzle may be applied to any matter difficult of answer or solution, enigma conveying an idea of greater dignity, puzzle applying to something more commonplace and mechanical; there are many dark enigmas in human life and in the course of providence; the location of a missing object is often a puzzle.

    conundrum, enigma, paradox, puzzle, riddle

    answer, axiom, explanation, proposition, solution

Editors Contribution

  1. obstacle

    something that prevents progress

    poverty is the great obstacle to the development of the country

    Submitted by rinat on May 26, 2016  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. problem(n.)

    question (to be solved), enigma, puzzle, riddle, moot point, point in dispute, point to be solved or settled, question at issue, vexed question

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  1. Anne Wheaton:

    It's a public health problem, the reason we are trying to draw attention to it is that first it affects such a large proportion of the population and second that it's tied to so many health conditions that are such a big issue.

  2. Jonathan Golub:

    If profits surprise to the upside, which is what I think they're going to do, that is basically going to convince people we don't have a negative growth problem, that things are better than feared, and that should be positive for stocks.

  3. Matthew Rojansky:

    The problem is that anything that is said that is hostile towards Russia on the campaign trail is viewed as confirmation of what Putin has said all along and that Russians believe ... that America wants to destroy Russia, that is what justifies the whole Putin system today.

  4. Manolis Manolas:

    There is a definite problem with paper supply, our supplier can't provide us with it, as it is stuck in customs. He can't pay the foreign suppliers, as bank transfers are blocked and there's very little cash to continue operations.

  5. David Voepel:

    The problem is hospitals suck up more of that PPE and the bigger contracts will get the PPE, whereas assisted living communities won't get it as much.

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