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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Much of Ireland's sympathies for the Palestinians appear to tie back into their own troubled history with the United Kingdom. Sean Savage, Jewish Journal, "Ireland goes ahead with legislation to boycott products made in Israeli settlements," 12 July 2018 Song and one of her cofounders have already tested some of their ideas by helping install new privacy safeguards at Uber, the ride-hailing unicorn whose troubled past includes security incidents. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "How a Startup Is Using the Blockchain to Protect Your Privacy," 11 July 2018 The project has been long, exciting and troubled, as a succession of creative teams have struggled with how to build a musical around a title character who is visually mesmerizing and emotionally compelling, but can’t speak, sing or dance. Michael Paulson, New York Times, "Four Musicals on Three Continents: An Australian Company’s Big Bet," 5 July 2018 At the time, a social worker, foster parents and therapist pigeonholed the child, known then as Christina, as a troubled, pubescent girl who acted out for attention. Samantha Young, sacbee, "Should ‘gender-affirming health care’ be on the radar for California’s foster kids?," 2 July 2018 Rodriguez was scheduled to stand trial for one of the felony charges Monday — about a week after the troubled ballet company lost its artistic director, Willy Shives. John Tedesco, San Antonio Express-News, "Ballet San Antonio dancer faces sexual assault charges," 1 June 2018 At the top of the scale Pillarstone, a turn-around specialist owned by KKR, a private-equity giant, is taking on a few large, troubled companies. The Economist, "A critical task for the Greek economy enters a new phase," 29 May 2018 Considering its massive cast, the first season of 13 Reasons Why really centered primarily on one person: the earnest, troubled, magnetic Hannah Baker (Katharine Langford)., "Here's How Every Character's Story Ended In 13 Reasons Why Season 2," 23 May 2018 Philadelphia needs to fix its aging, in some cases environmentally troubled, schools, and Mayor Kenney on Tuesday laid the responsibility for a new round of repairs and upgrades squarely on City Council’s shoulders. Barbara Laker,, "Without $700M, Philly might not be able to fix crumbling schools, Hite and Kenney say," 22 May 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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