Meaning of difficult

difficult




If something is difficult, it requires physical effort or brain power to complete, like climbing Mount Everest, a difficult journey.

Difficult has Latin parts: dis meaning “not, un” and facilis meaning “easy.” So, something that is difficult is not easy, like marathon running. Difficult can also be used to describe a situation or person that is hard to control. For example, if you babysit a difficult child, he or she might run away from you and not obey you. And you might have a difficult time agreeing to watch that child again.

Definitions of difficult
  1. adjective

    not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure

    “a
    difficult task”
    “nesting places on the cliffs are
    difficult of access”
    difficult times”
    synonyms:

    hard

    demanding

    requiring more than usually expected or thought due; especially great patience and effort and skill
    ambitious, challenging

    requiring full use of your abilities or resources
    arduous

    difficult to accomplish; demanding considerable mental effort and skill
    awkward, embarrassing, sticky, unenviable

    hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment
    baffling, elusive, knotty, problematic, problematical, tough

    making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe
    catchy, tricky

    having concealed difficulty
    delicate, ticklish, touchy

    difficult to handle; requiring great tact
    fractious

    unpredictably difficult in operation; likely to be troublesome
    hard-fought

    requiring great effort
    herculean

    extremely difficult; requiring the strength of a Hercules
    nasty, tight

    exasperatingly difficult to handle or circumvent
    rocky, rough

    full of hardship or trials
    rugged, tough

    very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution
    serious

    requiring effort or concentration; complex and not easy to answer or solve
    tall

    impressively difficult
    thorny

    bristling with perplexities
    troublesome

    difficult to deal with
    trying

    hard to endure
    vexed

    causing difficulty in finding an answer or solution; much disputed
    effortful

    requiring great physical effort
    hard

    dispassionate
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    Antonyms:

    easy

    posing no difficulty; requiring little effort
    undemanding

    requiring little if any patience or effort or skill
    casual, effortless

    not showing effort or strain
    clean

    without difficulties or problems
    cushy, easygoing, soft

    not burdensome or demanding; borne or done easily and without hardship
    elementary, simple, uncomplicated, unproblematic

    easy and not involved or complicated
    hands-down

    achieved without great effort
    painless

    requiring little hard work or exertion
    simplified

    made easy or uncomplicated
    smooth

    lacking obstructions or difficulties
    user-friendly

    easy to use
    effortless

    requiring or apparently requiring no effort
    soft

    compassionate and kind; conciliatory
    simple

    having few parts; not complex or complicated or involved
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  2. adjective

    hard to control

    “”a
    difficult child”, “an unmanageable situation”
    synonyms:

    unmanageable

    defiant, noncompliant

    boldly resisting authority or an opposing force
    indocile, uncontrollable, ungovernable, unruly

    of persons
    uncheckable

    incapable of being checked or restrained
    disobedient

    not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority
    intractable

    not tractable; difficult to manage or mold
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    Antonyms:

    manageable

    capable of being managed or controlled
    compliant

    disposed or willing to comply
    administrable

    capable of being administered or managed
    controllable, governable

    capable of being controlled
    directed

    manageable by a supervising agent
    dirigible, steerable

    capable of being steered or directed
    obedient

    dutifully complying with the commands or instructions of those in authority
    manipulable, tractable

    easily managed (controlled or taught or molded)
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