trou·​bled | \ ˈtrə-bəld How to pronounce troubled (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Throughout telework’s troubled history, this inverse relationship between physical remoteness and proximity to power has perhaps proved most determinative. Richard Cooke, The New Republic, "The Perpetual Disappointment of Remote Work," 4 Jan. 2021 Investigative records from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which the Sentinel obtained from the Fifth Circuit State Attorney’s Office, shed new light on what led up to Howell’s killing and the officer’s troubled history. Grace Toohey,, "Florida prison officer accused in inmate’s death had been transferred after ‘above average’ use of force," 22 Dec. 2020 Latin America’s troubled history with the DEA spans more than five decades. Santiago Pérez, WSJ, "Mexico Passes Law Curbing Operations of Foreign Security Agents," 15 Dec. 2020 Bulava had a troubled development history, with half of 12 test launches carried out between 2003 and 2009 ending in failure. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a Russian Sub Fire Nuke Missiles In a Preview of the End of Civilization," 14 Dec. 2020 The Monument Avenue project is among four budget items Northam planned to announce Friday at 1 p.m. aimed at reckoning with the state’s troubled racial history. Washington Post, "Northam proposes major effort to reimagine public space around Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond," 11 Dec. 2020 But Biden is also inheriting an educational system that is more troubled than at any time in modern history. NBC News, "Biden inherits a widening gap in American education. It could affect economic growth.," 15 Nov. 2020 Many are so emotionally troubled that, even with such small class sizes, each teacher is assigned a paraprofessional to help out in the room. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, "The Students Left Behind by Remote Learning," 28 Sep. 2020 August Wilson's play is reconfigured for the screen, spotlighting a spectacular performance by Chadwick Boseman as a troubled blues musician. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "The year in TV and movies, viewed from our critics' couches," 25 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of troubled

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

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“Troubled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of troubled

: worried or anxious
: having many problems

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