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Synonyms for problemˈprɒb ləm

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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, problem, 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, problem, bother


  1. problem(noun)


  2. problem(noun)

    A difficulty that has to be resolved or dealt with.


  3. problem(noun)

    A question to be answered, schoolwork exercise.


  4. problem(noun)

    A puzzling circumstance.


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

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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