Definition of burdensome in US English:



  • 1Difficult to carry out or fulfill; taxing.

    ‘the burdensome responsibilities of professional life’
    • ‘Secondly, it is argued that the imposition of liability for omissions would create burdensome duties of affirmative action which interfere with individual liberty.’
    • ‘Informing, educating, leading and sometimes cajoling an industry to achieve what it is capable of achieving is a burdensome task.’
    • ‘The CDC review focused on patient-oriented outcomes: survival, cognitive outcomes, hospitalizations, and the use of invasive or burdensome therapies.’
    • ‘Given the overwhelming needs of multiply diagnosed consumers, coordinating treatment among treatment providers can be burdensome.’
    • ‘Many firms in France and Germany already find the cost of employment extremely burdensome.’
    • ‘She's the executive director, meaning she must endure two recurring messages, both burdensome in their own ways.’
    • ‘And contingency plans were made available if payments still proved too burdensome.’
    • ‘My client realizes that altering your name may seem a burdensome proposition at this time.’
    • ‘But many member states say the task to bring cases against spammers is burdensome.’
    • ‘My company's accounts receivable used to be large and burdensome.’
    • ‘We wouldn't be trying to run or control the charities, just to do everything we could to make their own task less burdensome. "’
    • ‘Strategically located naval bases capable of berthing the carriers would also have to be constructed, adding to the already burdensome bill.’
    • ‘Any sensible person would think that erecting a 12 ft tree is not a particularly burdensome task.’
    • ‘The coexistence of state and federal securities regulators has often been criticized by the industry as inefficient and burdensome.’
    • ‘However, the proposal is financially less burdensome for the government.’
    • ‘Early retirement rules apply in other particularly burdensome professions.’
    • ‘As such the money soon evaporates into thin air and the beneficiary is now left with the more burdensome task of repaying the loan.’
    • ‘But while they may be instructive, requiring them seems burdensome.’
    • ‘The long-term financial responsibility of starting a new family at the age most Westerners retire can be awesome and burdensome.’
    • ‘The only way to make this load less burdensome is to give presents.’
    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’
      • ‘In characteristic fashion Heidegger interprets such good moods as a turning away from the burdensome character of being.’
      • ‘The situation is only today finally being recognized as unacceptably burdensome.’
      • ‘Many small companies are exempt from some regulations, but others can become burdensome when a business is quickly expanding.’
      • ‘According to one of the speakers, the required documentation was not overly burdensome.’
      • ‘Many fail, crushed by competition, starved by high costs or strangled by burdensome regulations. "’
      • ‘Catholic schools sidestep many of the most burdensome regulations.’
      • ‘The law should not impose too burdensome an obligation on bankers, which hampers the effective transacting of banking business unnecessarily.’
      • ‘It includes over 300 corporations associated with the gas-guzzling industry, and supports complete deregulation of ' burdensome ' environmental standards.’
      • ‘Cable operators attack the proposal as burdensome and unnecessary.’
      • ‘Access to contraception of all types is particularly burdensome for rural teens.’
      • ‘The United Nations is getting a bit burdensome, it seems to me, to anyone who's interested in freedom.’
      • ‘The New Labour state puts ' the emphasis on education and skills not over burdensome regulation '.’
      • ‘We pay handsomely for the privilege of being members and we get hot under the collar about its burdensome regulations.’
      • ‘It regularly increases at a far higher rate than inflation and is proving burdensome to increasing numbers of families.’
      • ‘For adoptive children it can be very burdensome to be a God-given answer to someone's prayer.’
      • ‘Furthermore, national income has been inadequate to repay the country's burdensome debts.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Industry has long complained that the regulation is too confusing and burdensome.’
      • ‘It is a troubling indictment of new, burdensome, institutional barriers to free inquiry.’