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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 That will likely lead to burdensome regulations, or worse, criminalization. CNN, "Terrorists are using crypto to pay for attacks. It's time to stop them," 27 Dec. 2019 After banks complained the living will process was too burdensome, regulators in October said big banks can now submit a full resolution plan every four years, instead of annually. Matt Egan, CNN, "'Shortcomings' uncovered in living wills of 6 of America's 8 biggest banks," 18 Dec. 2019 Big Bird’s suit, with its 5,961 feathers, was burdensome. The Economist, "Big Bird flies away," 14 Dec. 2019 When that debt proves too burdensome, workers and their communities and the taxpayers who inevitably support them all lose, while LBO firms still collect their fees and dividends. Washington Post, "Wall Street Fears Elizabeth Warren for the Wrong Reasons," 5 Nov. 2019 The teletypewriter process is burdensome, especially if both parties don’t have access to one, Robertson said. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Technology from 1964 keeps Colorado’s deaf inmates from communicating with the outside. A judge’s ruling just changed that.," 20 Sep. 2019 The health authority made the change in response to providers’ concerns that the tool was too burdensome, an agency spokeswoman told the newsroom. oregonlive.com, "Kicked to the curb: How the state failed fragile mentally ill Oregonians," 22 June 2019 The recruiting problem has given potential participants leverage and altered their relationship with clinical researchers: a trial that is too burdensome, or forces many participants into a control group, could be doomed to failure from the start. Heidi Ledford, Scientific American, "A Question of Control," 16 May 2019 In her letter to the FOX6 reporter, Deeley said the records were being withheld because the request was too burdensome for the office that receives a high volume of requests for records. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tony Evers' office won't release his emails even though governor says public should see them," 11 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of burdensome

1578, in the meaning defined above

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9 Jan 2020

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“Burdensome.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burdensome. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of burdensome

: causing difficulty or worry


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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