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.

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The lawyers had appealed for Urbanski to take the Ohio man's mental health issues and troubled youth into account during sentencing. NBC News, "James Alex Fields, driver in deadly car attack at Charlottesville rally, sentenced to life in prison," 28 June 2019 Ewan McGregor’s Dan Torrance is a deeply troubled individual at the start of horror sequel Doctor Sleep (out Nov. 8). Clark Collis,, "Ewan McGregor has 'the shining' in trailer for horror sequel Doctor Sleep," 13 June 2019 But Republicans on the Legislature's finance committee also rejected much of the Democratic governor's plans to replace the state's troubled youth prison north of Wausau. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lawmakers approve $1.9 billion in building projects for UW campuses, reject funding to replace youth prison," 11 June 2019 The potential fines were one of the reasons that Fiat Chrysler sought a merger with Renault, which already has a longtime (if lately troubled) alliance with the Japanese carmaker Nissan. Jack Ewing, New York Times, "The Car Industry Is Under Siege," 6 June 2019 Nearly a dozen in the region appear on a new list of the nation’s most troubled facilities. Ray Boyd,, "Summer Arts Guide; Philly World War II veteran finally gets justice | Morning Newsletter," 5 June 2019 The charges stem from a sprawling prostitution and human trafficking ring that preyed on troubled men for decades. David Owens,, "Yale Law professor tells Bemer judge that jury’s verdicts should be overturned," 15 June 2019 Giffords argued that data supports his client’s assertion that the plants are financially troubled and will have to close soon without the subsidies proposed in House Bill 6. Jeremy Pelzer,, "Are Ohio’s two nuclear power plants profitable? Depends who you ask," 4 June 2019 The black former miners of Lynch, Kentucky, are troubled that no one knows their stories. The New York Review of Books, "Radcliffe Roye," 3 May 2019

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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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