trig·​gered | \ ˈtri-gər How to pronounce triggered (audio) \

Definition of triggered

1a : 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
b : equipped with a trigger a triggered mechanism
2a : 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
b : 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

First Known Use of triggered

1806, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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“Triggered.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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