: released, initiated, or set off by a trigger
A triggered fire alarm around 5 a.m. Sunday led Denver firefighters and Colorado troopers to the Capitol where they discovered at least three bronze busts of former lawmakers had been vandalized.—Rob Low
: equipped with a trigger
: occurring in response to a stimulus typically perceived as negative or harmful
Triggered reactions can be intense and unpleasant, and may even overtake our consciousness, as with a flashback experienced by a war veteran.—Kate Manne As the body moves quickly, the heart rate and breath speed up, which also occurs during a triggered "fight or flight" reaction.—Lindsey Pearson
: caused to feel an intense and usually negative emotional reaction : affected by an emotional trigger
Triggered people often feel guilt or anger at themselves afterwards, so don't contribute to that cycle of thought.—JR Thorpe
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