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burdensome adj : not easily borne; wearing; "the burdensome task of preparing the income tax return"; "my duties weren't onerous; I only had to greet the guests"; "a taxing schedule" [syn: onerous, taxing]

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  1. of, or like a burden; arduous, demanding, onerous or exacting
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 6.
      reap a pleasure from what, to the generality of mankind, may seem burdensome and laborious.

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