ETYM Latin difficultas, from difficilis difficult; dif- = dis- + facilis easy: cf. French difficulté. Related to Facile.
1. A factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result.
2. A situation or condition almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome.
3. The quality of being difficult; SYN. difficultness.