bur·​den·​some | \ ˈbər-dᵊn-səm \

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

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From a military perspective, having a human in the loop isn’t overly burdensome. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Is Trying to Design a Civilian-Safe Land Mine," 14 Nov. 2018 For the typical consumer, the price of menstrual hygiene products, which cost an average of $7 a month, can prove to be a burdensome cost, particularly for low-income people or people experiencing homelessness. Audrey Huang, Teen Vogue, "Why We Want California's Tampon Tax Out," 3 Aug. 2018 In her decision, Baker said the law was burdensome and did nothing to protect women’s health. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "If Brett Kavanaugh Is Confirmed, These 5 Scary Things Could Easily Happen," 31 July 2018 Others were buried with only a few other unknown soldiers, so DNA identification wouldn’t be too burdensome, the plaintiffs argue. Brian Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, "Lawsuit: We know identities of ‘unknown’ soldiers," 27 June 2018 Justice Thomas said those requirements, which can require notices in as many as 13 languages, were too burdensome. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "Supreme Court Backs Anti-Abortion Pregnancy Centers in Free Speech Case," 26 June 2018 Most often their problem is feeling profoundly unworthy, profoundly depressed and profoundly burdensome to others. NBC News, "Why mental health advocates use the words 'died by suicide'," 6 June 2018 Kentucky was the first state to try to impose these burdensome requirements, which were thankfully blocked by a federal court last week. Stephanie Glover, STAT, "We need another July 4 uprising to protect women’s health," 6 July 2018 During a run-in with Russell at the royal premiere of Backdraft in London, Diana confided in Kurt about how burdensome being chased down by those officious cameramen had become. Brie Schwartz, Redbook, "Princess Diana and Her Boys Considered Kurt Russell's Home a Sanctuary," 19 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of burdensome

1578, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of burdensome was in 1578

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English Language Learners Definition of burdensome

: causing difficulty or worry


bur·​den·​some | \ ˈbər-dᵊn-səm \

Kids Definition of burdensome

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

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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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