bur·​den·​some | \ ˈbər-dᵊn-səm How to pronounce burdensome (audio) \

Definition of burdensome

: imposing or constituting a burden : oppressive burdensome restrictions

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onerous, burdensome, oppressive, exacting mean imposing hardship. onerous stresses being laborious and heavy especially because distasteful. the onerous task of cleaning up the mess burdensome suggests causing mental as well as physical strain. burdensome responsibilities oppressive implies extreme harshness or severity in what is imposed. the oppressive tyranny of a police state exacting implies rigor or sternness rather than tyranny or injustice in the demands made or in the one demanding. an exacting employer

Examples of burdensome in a Sentence

The responsibility has become burdensome. the burdensome living conditions that the early settlers had to endure
Recent Examples on the Web But sustaining such support can be burdensome for unions. Haleluya Hadero, ajc, 24 Apr. 2022 The lawsuit said the committee lacked legal authority and that its demands were overly broad and burdensome. Alexa Corse, WSJ, 23 Apr. 2022 It should not be burdensome for students to navigate the process to further their education. Brennan Barnard, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 In their most recent spat, several members of the caucus—though, not all—argued that two forms the SEC sends to crypto companies, Form 2866 and Form 1662, ask for much of the same information, which is burdensome to companies. Fortune, 18 Mar. 2022 Supporters say the proposal would allow San Diego to overcome burdensome restrictions that have prevented the opening of the 36 dispensaries city officials envisioned nearly eight years ago when cannabis dispensaries were legalized. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Dec. 2021 The attribution rules would be burdensome to minority shareholders that would not be able to obtain information on lower-tier PFICs to comply with the PFIC rules. Carrie Brandon Elliott, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 Milloy also emphasized unleashing American energy from burdensome regulations. Tyler O'neil, Fox News, 18 Mar. 2022 His priorities are creating affordable housing, supporting small businesses through policies that eliminate burdensome regulations and quality of life issues. Paulina Pineda, The Arizona Republic, 8 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of burdensome

1578, in the meaning defined above

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“Burdensome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burdensome. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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bur·​den·​some | \ ˈbər-dᵊn-səm How to pronounce burdensome (audio) \

Kids Definition of burdensome

: so heavy or hard to take as to be a burden

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