Definition of frustration
1 : the act of frustrating the frustration of creative instinct is a notorious evil of the machine age — The Times Literary Supplement (London)
2a : the state or an instance of being frustrated These bureaucratic delays have been causing us a lot of frustration.b : a deep chronic sense or state of insecurity and dissatisfaction arising from unresolved problems or unfulfilled needs loneliness and frustration; those are two constant themes in American literature — Malcolm Cowley
3 : something that frustrates the government's frustrations with seemingly insoluble problems
Examples of frustration in a Sentence
He shook his head in frustration.
These bureaucratic delays have been causing us a lot of frustration.
These delays have proven to be a major frustration.
We've been experiencing a lot of frustrations.
He was angry about the frustration of his plans.
Recent Examples of frustration from the Web
Employees gossiped about layoffs, frustration over managers, and a dwindling snack bar inside a cramped, windowless warehouse of an office.
Some parents who read said article are going to do exactly that and wind up feeling even more wracked with frustration and guilt.
In a season in which the Mets are gradually losing any chance to contend for a playoff spot, and may soon be trying to trade veteran players and look to 2018, Cabrera expressed frustration about his own situation rather than the team’s.
In these movies, disability is met with anger and frustration, the wish for death and ultimately, the fulfillment of that wish, sending the message that disabled bodies are inconvenient and not worth living in.
People take out their frustration in the car, behind a metal shield and tinted windows.
This epic movie didn't just dominate 1997, and the entire awards-show circuit, to the frustration of the other films on this list—
Their frustrations have helped fuel a growing generational divide.
Just last week, Trump vented his frustrations with the Department of Justice in an string of angry tweets.
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First Known Use of frustration
FRUSTRATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of frustration for English Language Learners
: a feeling of anger or annoyance caused by being unable to do something : the state of being frustrated
: something that causes feelings of anger and annoyance
: the fact of being prevented from succeeding or doing something
FRUSTRATION Defined for Kids
Legal Definition of frustration
1a : the act of frustrating b : the state or an instance of being frustrated c : something that frustrates
2 : a common-law doctrine of contract law: parties to a contract may be excused from performance even though performance is still possible if the reason for making the contract is partially or completely frustrated by a fortuitous event or by circumstances which are not the fault of either party —called also frustration of purpose, frustration of the venture — compare cause 4, force majeure clause, impossibility, impracticability
Additional Notes on frustration
In order for frustration to be used as a successful defense to a breach of contract claim, the reason for making the contract must have been contemplated or recognized by both the contracting parties even though it was not expressed in the contract.
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