trou·bling | \ˈtrə-b(ə-)liŋ \

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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Other nonfatal accidents add to the troubling trend. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "You can't stream video while driving, more states decide as distracted driving deaths rise," 28 June 2018 Morton again operated without precise command, continuing a troubling trend. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros use trio of homers to earn win No. 50," 21 June 2018 In all categories concerning mental health and suicide, troubling trends of either increase or stability appeared in the data. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Fewer teens having sex and using drugs, CDC survey finds," 14 June 2018 But soon enough, a troubling trend re-emerged — the failure to add the right piece to move from playoff to championship contention. K.c. Johnson,, "20 years since dissolution of the dynasty, Bulls still a long way from the top," 10 June 2018 Meanwhile, Michigan's performance continued a troubling trend that has been documented in report after report. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's schools score worst in the nation again, but Vitti vows that will change," 10 Apr. 2018 And scientists have documented a troubling trend in the region: More caribou calves appear to be dying early in years when the spring plant growth preceded the caribou's calving season. Author: Livia Albeck Ripka, Brad Plumer, Anchorage Daily News, "5 plants and animals utterly confused by climate change," 10 Apr. 2018 Domestically, however, 2017 continued a long troubling trend in which fewer Americans and Canadians are going to the box office. Ben Fritz, WSJ, "Overseas 2017 Box-Office Results Offset U.S., Canada Slump," 4 Apr. 2018 Iran’s continued presence in Syria is especially troubling to neighboring Israel, a US ally that regards Iran as an existential threat. Darlene Superville,, "Trump will decide ‘very quickly’ if US military is pulling out of Syria," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of troubling

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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