Problem Definition

Define what is Problem?

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.
Synonyms: Job

difficulty noun
a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome.


race problem noun
a social and political problem caused by conflict between races occupying the same or adjacent regions.

balance-of-payments problem noun
an economic problem caused by payments for imports being greater than receipts for exports.

2. problem (noun)

a question raised for consideration or solution.

  • our homework consisted of ten problems to solve.

question, head noun
the subject matter at issue.


mystifier, puzzle, puzzler, teaser noun
a particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution.

case noun
a problem requiring investigation.

homework problem noun
a problem that students are assigned to do outside of class.

brain-teaser, conundrum, riddle, enigma noun
a difficult problem.

stumper, toughie, poser, sticker noun
a particularly difficult or baffling question or problem.

Gordian knot noun
any very difficult problem; insoluble in its own terms.

koan noun
a paradoxical anecdote or a riddle that has no solution; used in Zen Buddhism to show the inadequacy of logical reasoning.

pons asinorum noun
a problem that severely tests the ability of an inexperienced person.

rebus noun
a puzzle where you decode a message consisting of pictures representing syllables and words.

3. trouble, problem (noun)

a source of difficulty.

  • one trouble after another delayed the job.
  • what's the problem?.
Synonyms: trouble

difficulty noun
a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result.


pressure point noun
where problems or difficulties are likely to occur.

can of worms noun
a source of unpredictable trouble and complexity.

deep water noun
serious trouble.

growing pains noun
problems that arise in enlarging an enterprise (especially in the early stages).

Hydra noun
trouble that cannot be overcome by a single effort because of its many aspects or its persistent and pervasive quality.

matter noun
a problem.

Nearby Terms

problem solver (noun)
a thinker who focuses on the problem as stated and tries to synthesize information and knowledge to achieve a solution

problem solving (noun)
the area of cognitive psychology that studies the processes involved in solving problems

problem-oriented language (noun)
a language whose statements resemble terminology of the user

problematic (adjective satellite)
open to doubt or debate

problematical (adjective satellite)
open to doubt or debate

problematically (adverb)
in such a way as to pose a problem

Proboscidea (noun)
in some classifications included in the genus Martynia and hence the two taxonomic names for some of the unicorn plants

Proboscidea arenaria (noun)
alternatively placed in genus Martynia

Proboscidea fragrans (noun)
a herbaceous plant of the genus Proboscidea

Proboscidea louisianica (noun)
annual of southern United States to Mexico having large whitish or yellowish flowers mottled with purple and a long curving beak

proboscidean (noun)
massive herbivorous mammals having tusks and a long trunk

proboscidian (noun)
massive herbivorous mammals having tusks and a long trunk

proboscis (noun)
the human nose (especially when it is large)

proboscis flower (noun)
annual of southern United States to Mexico having large whitish or yellowish flowers mottled with purple and a long curving beak

proboscis monkey (noun)
Borneo monkey having a long bulbous nose