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PROB'LEM, noun [Latin problema; Gr. to throw forward, and to throw; Latin pello.] A question proposed.

1. In logic, a preposition that appears neither absolutely true nor false, and consequently may be asserted either in the affirmative or negative.

2. In geometry, a proposition in which some operation or construction is required, as to divide a line or an angle, to let fall a perpendicular, etc.

3. In general, any question involving doubt or uncertainty, and requiring some operation, experiment or further evidence for its solution.

The problem is, whether a strong and constant belief that a thing will be, helps any thing to the effecting of the thing.