trou·​bled | \ˈtrə-bəld \

Definition of troubled 

1a : concerned, worried troubled feelings about the decision

b : exhibiting emotional or behavioral problems a program for troubled youth

2 : characterized by or indicative of trouble our troubled cities a gray and troubled sky

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Examples of troubled in a Sentence

She seemed troubled about something. These have been troubled times.

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To prevent school shootings like the one in Parkland, the United States Secret Service on Thursday released a guide intended to help schools identify troubled students and other threats to their campuses. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Schools should set up 'threat teams' to prevent massacres, Secret Service says," 12 July 2018 Now, in summer 2018, a growing number of tragedies like hers have spurred area school districts, working with mental health agencies, to help troubled students — not just during the school year but year-round. Mará Rose Williams, kansascity, "Teen suicide doesn’t end with the school year. Now JoCo schools offer summertime therapy," 12 July 2018 What emerged were ideas like intervening with troubled students as early as kindergarten, developing teams of educators to assess student behavior, upgrading entryways and monitoring students' social media feeds. Andrea Zelinski, Houston Chronicle, "Governor's post-Santa Fe school safety meetings happening largely in private," 22 May 2018 Asked what school-security measures the NEA would like to see, Kusler mentioned stricter gun control and more funding for school counselors to help keep troubled students from becoming disengaged and alienated. Brandon Griggs And Dakin Andone, CNN, "Since Parkland, 14 states have introduced 25 measures to arm teachers and staff. Only 1 has passed," 21 May 2018 The bankruptcy filing follows a deal that Mattress Firm’s troubled parent company, Steinhoff International Holdings NV, struck with its bondholders to hand them a 49% stake in the retailer. Becky Yerak, WSJ, "Mattress Firm Wins Court Approval of Chapter 11 Plan," 16 Nov. 2018 Why Eddie is still in this is anybody’s guess,’’ said David D. Tawil, a co-founder of Maglan Capital, a New York hedge fund, that makes investments in the debt of troubled companies. Michael Corkery, The Seattle Times, "Is Sears a turnaround candidate or ‘walking zombie’?," 15 Oct. 2018 What if Hannah was a kid with a troubled past who lied to get attention? Lauren Smiley, Glamour, "Two White Moms. Six Black Kids. One Unthinkable Tragedy. A Look Inside the ‘Perfect’ Hart Family," 6 Sep. 2018 Six months after being fired from Deciem (the troubled parent company of skin-care up-and-comers the The Ordinary), former co-CEO Nicola Kilner is back at the company. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "Deciem’s Co-CEO Rejoins the Company," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of troubled

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of troubled

: worried or anxious

: having many problems

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