troubling

adjective
trou·​bling | \ ˈtrə-b(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce troubling (audio) \

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

Other Words from troubling

troublingly adverb

Examples of troubling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What’s troubling is that our leaders have lost sight of this. Rick Scott, WSJ, 20 June 2022 Right now, the charts are nowhere close to being used clinically — so many of the most troubling scenarios around clinical use aren’t a reality at this point. Kasra Zarei, STAT, 18 June 2022 The revelations about the Uvalde gunman’s social media activity follow years of complaints from activists and high-profile figures about Instagram’s ability to combat its most troubling users. Anchorage Daily News, 28 May 2022 The most troubling issue has been the delay between when the gunman entered Robb Elementary School, soon followed by police officers, and when law enforcement confronted and shot the 18-year-old shooter. Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 28 May 2022 The revelations about the Uvalde gunman’s social media activity follow years of complaints from activists and high-profile figures about Instagram’s ability to combat its most troubling users. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, 28 May 2022 It was framed as an issue of morality, right, which is the most troubling thing. Matt Brennan, Los Angeles Times, 24 Apr. 2022 In the biggest game, the most troubling issued showed again. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 15 Apr. 2022 Perhaps the best and most troubling proof of this proposition is in the realm of nuclear weapons—which embody all the properties of high-risk technological systems. Zia Mian, Scientific American, 8 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of troubling

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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26 Jun 2022

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“Troubling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/troubling. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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