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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 The delay could keep the Senate in Washington through New Year’s Day, a schedule that would be particularly burdensome to the Georgia senators, who are eager to stay on the campaign trail. Catie Edmondson, New York Times, "McConnell Blocks Vote on $2,000 Checks Despite G.O.P. Pressure," 29 Dec. 2020 Casually working the conversation around to the topic of anonymous gifts arriving in the mail is burdensome, but possible. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Relatives request gift guidance, not itemized wish lists," 9 Dec. 2020 To the Californians moving to Texas: Remember those high taxes, burdensome regulations, & socialistic agenda advanced in CA? Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, "New York could lose two House seats due to population loss," 23 Dec. 2020 Travel can be burdensome during winter months, and especially so this year with all of the additional protocols in place. Matt Jones, Arkansas Online, "Seasons' beatings: UA men, women winning big at home," 19 Dec. 2020 Methadone and buprenorphine have proven effective in helping heroin users overcome their addiction, but burdensome regulations have hindered their availability. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Oregon makes the case for decriminalizing hard drugs," 9 Dec. 2020 But for women who live in poverty or those who are homeless, keeping a stock of tampons and pads isn’t possible and having a period is one more burdensome — and often shameful — problem to manage. Allison Hatfield, Dallas News, "A young Dallas woman addresses period poverty with a new clothing line," 23 Nov. 2020 The president deserves credit for his critical tax cuts, ambitious reforms of an overly burdensome domestic regulatory regime and superb nominations to the federal bench. Andy Brehm, Star Tribune, "Republicans after Trump: It's time to bring back class and decorum," 8 Dec. 2020 Checking that information became burdensome in recent weeks as the number of antigen tests coming in doubled to more than 700 per day. Jackie Borchardt, The Enquirer, "Ohio reports 25,721 COVID-19 cases as state clears antigen backlog; sets single-day record for confirmed cases," 8 Dec. 2020

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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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17 Jan 2021

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“Burdensome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burdensome. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of burdensome

: causing difficulty or worry


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Kids Definition of burdensome

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

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