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problem

[prob-luhm]
noun
1.
any question or matter involving doubt, uncertainty, or difficulty.
2.
a question proposed for solution or discussion.
3.
Mathematics. a statement requiring a solution, usually by means of a mathematical operation or geometric construction.
adjective
4.
difficult to train or guide; unruly: a problem child.
5.
Literature. dealing with choices of action difficult either for an individual or for society at large: a problem play.
Idioms
6.
no problem, (used as a conventional reply to a request or to express confirmation, affirmation, or gratitude).

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English probleme < Latin problēma < Greek próblēma orig., obstacle, (akin to probállein to throw or lay before), equivalent to pro- pro-2 + -blē-, variant stem of bállein to throw (cf. parabola) + -ma noun suffix of result

subproblem, noun


1, 2. puzzle, riddle, enigma.


1. certitude.
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problem (ˈprɒbləm)
 
n
1.  a.  any thing, matter, person, etc, that is difficult to deal with, solve, or overcome
 b.  (as modifier): a problem child
2.  a puzzle, question, etc, set for solution
3.  maths a statement requiring a solution usually by means of one or more operations or geometric constructions
4.  (modifier) designating a literary work that deals with difficult moral questions: a problem play
 
[C14: from Late Latin problēma, from Greek: something put forward; related to proballein to throw forwards, from pro-² + ballein to throw]

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Word Origin & History

problem
1382, "a difficult question proposed for solution," from O.Fr. problème (14c.), from L. problema, from Gk. problema "a problem, a question," lit. "thing put forward," from proballein "propose," from pro "forward" + ballein "to throw" (see ballistics). Problem child first recorded 1920.
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Idioms & Phrases

no problem

  1. Also, no sweat; not to worry. There's no difficulty about this, don't concern yourself. For example, Of course I can change your tireno problem, or You want more small change? no sweat, or We'll be there in plenty of time, not to worry. The first of these colloquial terms dates from about 1960 and the second from about 1950. The third, originating in Britain in the 1930s and using not to with the sense of "don't," crossed the Atlantic in the 1970s.

  2. You're welcome, as in Thanks for the ride, Dad.No problem. [Late 1900s]

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