Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun an act of hindering someone's plans or efforts.
  • adjective preventing realization or attainment of a desire; causing frustration.
  • adjective discouraging. Opposite of encouraging.

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  • adjective discouraging; causing annoyance or anger by excessive difficulty
  • verb Present participle of frustrate.

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  • adjective discouraging by hindering
  • adjective preventing realization or attainment of a desire

Etymologies

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Combination of frustrate and the present participle suffix: -ing

Examples

  • Mr. McCourt spoke after what he described as a frustrating three-and-a-half hour meeting with MLB executives, led by Rob Manfred , baseball's chief lawyer.

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  • In spite of what he called a frustrating "lack of political will" by Liberian faction leaders for a peaceful civil war settlement, "there now appears to be reasonable grounds for optimism," Boutros-Ghali said.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Barack Obama turned his 50th birthday into a 2012 campaign fundraising bonanza on Wednesday, buoyed by a hometown crowd after what he called a frustrating period locked in a debt battle with Republicans.

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  • CHICAGO Reuters - President Barack Obama turned his 50th birthday into a 2012 campaign fundraising bonanza on Wednesday, buoyed by a hometown crowd after what he called a frustrating period locked in a debt battle with Republicans.

    Reuters: Press Release

  • Internet Connections initiative, both of which they characterized as frustrating in last year's survey.

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  • Internet Connections initiative, both of which they characterized as frustrating in last year's survey.

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  • Internet Connections initiative, both of which they characterized as frustrating in last year's survey.

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  • After what she called a frustrating time in the store, she realized she could order the toys she wanted online, so she did.

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  • What I'm finding frustrating from the general media is the continual bias on issues.

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  • What makes this affliction especially frustrating is that I feel I properly maintain the machine.

    Handheld power equipment won’t start? Maybe it’s the ethanol

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