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adjective bur·den·some \ ˈbər-dᵊn-səm \

Definition of burdensome

:imposing or constituting a burden :oppressive
  • burdensome restrictions

Examples of burdensome in a Sentence

  1. The responsibility has become burdensome.

  2. the burdensome living conditions that the early settlers had to endure

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First Known Use of burdensome

1578

Synonym Discussion of burdensome

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

BURDENSOME Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of burdensome for English Language Learners

  • : causing difficulty or worry


BURDENSOME Defined for Kids

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adjective bur·den·some \ ˈbər-dᵊn-səm \

Definition of burdensome for Students

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


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