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[bur-dn-suh m] /ˈbɜr dn səm/
oppressively heavy; onerous.
distressing; troublesome.
Nautical. having a full hull form, as a merchant vessel built for capacity rather than speed.
Origin of burdensome
1570-80; burden1 + -some1
Related forms
burdensomely, adverb
burdensomeness, noun
nonburdensome, adjective
nonburdensomely, adverb
nonburdensomeness, noun
unburdensome, adjective Unabridged
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  • With a hydration bladder, the added weight on the shoulders proved to be burdensome over time with conventional daypacks.
  • But here they play the odds the way they see them, and perfect safety is burdensome and unnecessary.
  • Particularly burdensome are proposed standards for record-keeping, they say.
  • We ought to be building more plants but the regulatory and legal bureaucracy is so burdensome that the cost is prohibitive.
  • With so much burdensome machinery lying around, it's tempting to wonder why more corporations aren't making charitable donations.
  • While many have limited success, others don't understand the procedures-or find the effort too burdensome and don't even try.
  • And if life has become too burdensome, the ability to volitionally end it must be an option.
  • Elaborate and far-fetched laws are only burdensome to the people, and a hindrance rather than a help to business.
  • It is ever burdensome and frustrating, also bankrupting, and offers little except the gratifying self-pity of the dutiful.
  • Drug innovation waned once the limiting effects of burdensome government regulation kicked in after the thalidomide tragedy.
British Dictionary definitions for burdensome


hard to bear; onerous
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Word Origin and History for burdensome

1570s, from burden (n.1) + -some (1). Earlier was burdenous (1520s). Related: Burdensomeness.

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