Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or like a burden; onerous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or like a burden; arduous or demanding

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Grievous to be borne; causing uneasiness or fatigue; oppressive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Weighing like a heavy burden; grievous to be borne; causing uneasiness or fatigue; oppressive; heavy; wearisome: as, “burthensome exactions,”
  • Able to carry burdens or cargoes.
  • Synonyms Onerous, troublesome, fatiguing, hard to bear.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not easily borne; wearing

Etymologies

burden +‎ -some (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • From free learning sources such as MIT OpenCourseWare, to fully formed tuition-free degree programs such as those offered by University of the People, the phrase "burdensome tuition" is becoming a phrase of the past.

    Shai Reshef: How Open Educational Resources are Changing Higher Education

  • Mr. Romney told a crowd in Florida that he would lower tax rates to make America more competitive globally, eliminate what he called burdensome regulations and push for trade deals and greater domestic energy exploration.

    GOP Candidates Get New Impetus to Push Job Plans

  • Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican who chairs the Budget Committee, proposes not only to limit federal spending and reconfigure major federal health programs, but also to rewrite the tax code, cutting the top tax rate for both individuals and corporations to 25 percent from 35 percent, reducing the number of income tax brackets and eliminating what it calls a "burdensome tangle of loopholes."

    NYT > Home Page

  • They point to Arizona - the only state with such a law - saying citizens there have had trouble because of what they call burdensome requirements.

    Macon Telegraph: Homepage

  • They point to Arizona _ the only state with such a law _ saying citizens there have had trouble because of what they call burdensome requirements.

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  • INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's state schools chief wants to revamp teacher licensing requirements and eliminate what he calls burdensome regulations not proven to improve teacher quality.

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  • The groups said the proposed change would have unfairly required businesses with USDA contracts to certify that their subcontractors and suppliers are in compliance with labor laws, a mandate they called a burdensome and impossible task that runs counter to President Barack Obama's vow to curb excess regulation.

    Agriculture Department Eases Stance on Contracts

  • Leftists want to their charity to be called burdensome taxation, conservatives just want to keep calling it charity; a willing and willful need to be generous for the simple sake of it.

    Biden has only been giving 0.06% - 0.31% of his adjusted gross income to charity.

  • Today, Bush will sign the renewal of the Voting Rights Act, reauthorizing provisions that a decade ago he called a burdensome and unnecessary federal intrusion.

    Think Progress » ThinkFast: July 27, 2006

  • Today, Bush will sign the renewal of the Voting Rights Act, reauthorizing provisions that a decade ago he called a burdensome and unnecessary federal intrusion. “The Bush administration has really done a flip-flop on this, ” said Edward Blum, a senior fellow at the Center for Equal Opportunity.

    Think Progress » ThinkFast: July 27, 2006

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