trig·​gered ˈtri-gər How to pronounce triggered (audio)
: released, initiated, or set off by a trigger
a triggered alert
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
a triggered mechanism
: 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

Examples of triggered in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The area is hazardous with lots of terrain that could be considered risky for a triggered or natural avalanche, said Mark Gunlogson, owner of Mountain Madness, a mountaineering company based in Seattle. Paige Cornwell, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1806, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Time Traveler
The first known use of triggered was in 1806

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“Triggered.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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