American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Difficult to handle because of weight or bulk. See Synonyms at heavy.
- adj. Troublesome or onerous.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Burdensome; troublesome; embarrassing; vexatious: as, “cumbersome obedience,”
- Inconvenient; awkward; unwieldy; unmanageable; not easily borne or managed: as, a cumbersome load; a cumbersome machine.
- adj. burdensome or hindering, as a weight or drag; vexatious; cumbrous.
- adj. Not easily managed or handled; awkward
- adj. Hard, difficult, demanding to handle or get around with
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Burdensome or hindering, as a weight or drag; embarrassing; vexatious; cumbrous.
- adj. Not easily managed.
- adj. difficult to handle or use especially because of size or weight
- adj. not elegant or graceful in expression
“That results in cumbersome procedures for many passengers.”
“It also seems to me that on the core amnesty point, what the negotiators came up with was simultaneously unduly cumbersome from a humanitarian point of view while also not in any way appeasing restrictionist concerns.”
“In this “liberalised” regime why create, innovate and trade in cumbersome goods when one can make far more far quickly and with far less risk just by moving money (data) and money instruments between computers around the world?”
“Italy is the last country to hold out against the European arrest warrant that lists 32 different crimes, including the hard-to-define one of xenophobia, that will do away what is often described as the cumbersome system of extradition.”
“In contrast to all of this, Canada's approach to government intervention appears cumbersome, is reactive and apologetic, and in the end our methods are simply obsolete.”
“The most likely outcome of the grand-jury investigation, experts said, would be a report recommending administrative changes, which Dan Castleman , former chief of investigations at the Manhattan district attorney's office called a "cumbersome process" that could take years.”
“As a user, I find it cumbersome, which is something to seriously consider when choosing a blogging tool.”
“Everything we did was either in a spreadsheet or Word document, or through e-mail," Maher, recalls the cumbersome manual process.”
“They are not the suits you would actually use: the aim here is simulation, not replication, so they are merely very cumbersome, which is what the real suits would have to be.”
“Efforts to streamline local government, largely tabled this year as legislators grappled with property-tax issues, could gain momentum under a new coalition that is pushing for changes in a system described as cumbersome and redundant.”
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