Definition of burdensome in English:



  • 1Difficult to carry out or fulfil; taxing.

    ‘the burdensome responsibilities of professional life’
    • ‘The long-term financial responsibility of starting a new family at the age most Westerners retire can be awesome and burdensome.’
    • ‘But while they may be instructive, requiring them seems burdensome.’
    • ‘Many firms in France and Germany already find the cost of employment extremely burdensome.’
    • ‘My company's accounts receivable used to be large and burdensome.’
    • ‘The coexistence of state and federal securities regulators has often been criticized by the industry as inefficient and burdensome.’
    • ‘Early retirement rules apply in other particularly burdensome professions.’
    • ‘She's the executive director, meaning she must endure two recurring messages, both burdensome in their own ways.’
    • ‘The only way to make this load less burdensome is to give presents.’
    • ‘Strategically located naval bases capable of berthing the carriers would also have to be constructed, adding to the already burdensome bill.’
    • ‘And contingency plans were made available if payments still proved too burdensome.’
    • ‘Given the overwhelming needs of multiply diagnosed consumers, coordinating treatment among treatment providers can be burdensome.’
    • ‘As such the money soon evaporates into thin air and the beneficiary is now left with the more burdensome task of repaying the loan.’
    • ‘Informing, educating, leading and sometimes cajoling an industry to achieve what it is capable of achieving is a burdensome task.’
    • ‘However, the proposal is financially less burdensome for the government.’
    • ‘Any sensible person would think that erecting a 12 ft tree is not a particularly burdensome task.’
    • ‘But many member states say the task to bring cases against spammers is burdensome.’
    • ‘The CDC review focused on patient-oriented outcomes: survival, cognitive outcomes, hospitalizations, and the use of invasive or burdensome therapies.’
    • ‘We wouldn't be trying to run or control the charities, just to do everything we could to make their own task less burdensome. "’
    • ‘My client realizes that altering your name may seem a burdensome proposition at this time.’
    • ‘Secondly, it is argued that the imposition of liability for omissions would create burdensome duties of affirmative action which interfere with individual liberty.’
    onerous, oppressive, troublesome, weighty, worrisome, vexatious, irksome, trying, crushing, inconvenient, awkward, a nuisance
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    1. 1.1 Undesirably restrictive.
      ‘bureaucratically burdensome assessment procedures’
      • ‘Cable operators attack the proposal as burdensome and unnecessary.’
      • ‘It regularly increases at a far higher rate than inflation and is proving burdensome to increasing numbers of families.’
      • ‘Industry has long complained that the regulation is too confusing and burdensome.’
      • ‘The New Labour state puts ' the emphasis on education and skills not over burdensome regulation '.’
      • ‘It is a troubling indictment of new, burdensome, institutional barriers to free inquiry.’
      • ‘In characteristic fashion Heidegger interprets such good moods as a turning away from the burdensome character of being.’
      • ‘It includes over 300 corporations associated with the gas-guzzling industry, and supports complete deregulation of ' burdensome ' environmental standards.’
      • ‘The law should not impose too burdensome an obligation on bankers, which hampers the effective transacting of banking business unnecessarily.’
      • ‘The United Nations is getting a bit burdensome, it seems to me, to anyone who's interested in freedom.’
      • ‘Many fail, crushed by competition, starved by high costs or strangled by burdensome regulations. "’
      • ‘The situation is only today finally being recognized as unacceptably burdensome.’
      • ‘Access to contraception of all types is particularly burdensome for rural teens.’
      • ‘Catholic schools sidestep many of the most burdensome regulations.’
      • ‘Furthermore, national income has been inadequate to repay the country's burdensome debts.’
      • ‘According to one of the speakers, the required documentation was not overly burdensome.’
      • ‘The idea is to promote a more holistic approach to conservation without either weakening current provision or introducing burdensome new restrictions.’
      • ‘This was a countryside where farmers could grow multiple crops of miracle rice, often relieved of the burdensome taxation of the revolution.’
      • ‘For adoptive children it can be very burdensome to be a God-given answer to someone's prayer.’
      • ‘Many small companies are exempt from some regulations, but others can become burdensome when a business is quickly expanding.’
      • ‘We pay handsomely for the privilege of being members and we get hot under the collar about its burdensome regulations.’