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

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Fortunately, there are ways to make a second home more enjoyable and less burdensome. Daniel Akst, WSJ, "How to Get the Most Out of a Second Home," 24 Mar. 2019 There is muttering in Sacramento that the whole system has become nothing more than an administratively burdensome carbon tax. David Roberts, Vox, "California’s cap-and-trade system may be too weak to do its job," 12 Dec. 2018 Two weeks ago Indian officials abruptly rolled out burdensome new regulations, to take effect Feb. 1. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Politics May Trip Up Amazon and Walmart in India," 10 Jan. 2019 The pre-salt reserves were discovered in 2006, but burdensome rules for their exploitation, including a rule that Petrobras had to be the operating partner with at least 30% of any consortium, discouraged interest in the area. Jeffrey T. Lewis, WSJ, "Petrobras, Exxon, Shell, Chevron Among Winners of Brazil Pre-Salt Oil Auction," 28 Sep. 2018 Obama’s Office of Management and Budget even estimated in 2011 that with 14.5 million hours of compliance time, the menu labeling regulation was the third most burdensome rule added to the federal registry from the year before. Fox News, "Government's war on pizza? Looming ObamaCare menu rule has restaurant owners worried," 25 Apr. 2018 The real fear was that people would lose coverage because the reporting requirements are too burdensome. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The week’s 4 most important health care stories," 7 Sep. 2018 Kavanaugh has also generally sided against the Environmental Protection Agency in cases over its authority to regulate — a boon for an administration that has worked to loosen or eliminate environmental regulations viewed as too burdensome. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "What you need to know about Trump's top SCOTUS contenders," 8 July 2018 The move continues to be criticized by conservatives as unnecessary and burdensome, estimating that the extra layer of bureaucracy has cost taxpayers $200 million in the decade since. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area men’s plan to market invasive fish from Mexico hits snag in U.S.," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of burdensome

1578, in the meaning defined above

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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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