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Definition of troubling

: causing feelings of worry or anxiety a troubling news report It's not just trauma survivors who may be distracted or derailed by shocking or troubling material …— Angus Johnston

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troublingly adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web That’s a troubling trend because independent docs are generally a better bargain. Dallas News, "An antidote for rising health care prices? How D-FW docs are staying independent," 16 Feb. 2020 Lockdown drill excesses There’s been no shortage of troubling headlines about lockdown drills and similar practices in recent years. Jaclyn Schildkraut, The Conversation, "Schools should heed calls to do lockdown drills without traumatizing kids instead of abolishing them," 12 Feb. 2020 Unable to let go of the troubling conversation, Burgess did some detective work and discovered that the girl on the phone was part of a human trafficking ring. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Chicago P.D.' Fans Are Outraged Over That Devastating Burgess Twist," 8 Feb. 2020 Regardless, the state is certainly making some troubling progress on that front. Mekita Rivas,, "A New Missouri Bill Calls For Police To Literally Stop Women From Getting Abortions," 6 Feb. 2020 Their affliction tends to manifest whenever President Donald Trump and his allies do something troubling. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Adam Schiff and the End of Implausible Deniability," 23 Jan. 2020 But the trend is particularly troubling in the Bay Area. Anna Bauman,, "Wave of laptop thefts in Bay Area feeding massive black market," 16 Jan. 2020 Two problems emerge in the middle episodes, neither ruinous, both troubling. Darren Franich,, "The Outsider throws a great cast into a Very Long Procedural: Review," 9 Jan. 2020 Just over an hour after he had been threatened with assassination in Sacramento, President Ford spoke about the troubling rise in crime in the United States. Lewis H. Lapham, Harper's magazine, "Criminal Minds," 6 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of troubling

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of troubling was in the 14th century

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20 Feb 2020

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“Troubling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of troubling

: causing feelings of worry : disturbing or upsetting

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