Definition of triggering in English:



  • 1(of an event, circumstance, etc.) causing a particular action, process, or situation to happen.

    ‘people who blush too much frequently blush arbitrarily, with no obvious triggering event’
    ‘cyberbullying is one of the triggering factors for teen depression’
    • ‘The article does not prevent a triggering decision at a local level.’
    • ‘Some plans do not consider this a triggering event and may require the employee to attain the plan's retirement age to be eligible to receive distributions.’
    • ‘This inapt degree of welfare has been publicly acknowledged as a triggering factor for the low social status and recognition of teachers in society.’
    • ‘The authors found that certain triggering events can cause families to move in and out of poverty.’
    • ‘The scientists also took samples of the ticks and other insects, hoping to find some triggering cause.’
    • ‘He also finds that war is a triggering influence on inflation, political disorder, social conflict and economic disruption.’
    • ‘He was told a triggering event was necessary before a court could order that.’
    • ‘The incidence of abuse at home is considered a triggering factor for using drugs.’
    • ‘He never dismissed anyone there without a triggering incident such as an arrest or a fight.’
    • ‘Poll show him either leading or close behind and sometimes show large 6 (or more) point swings in the absence of any particular triggering event.’
    1. 1.1(especially of something read, seen, or heard) causing someone emotional distress, typically as a result of arousing feelings or memories associated with a particular traumatic experience.
      ‘this could be very triggering for victims of sexual assault’
      ‘as a sufferer of anorexia who is trying hard to recover, I found these images incredibly triggering’
      • ‘These stories are always triggering; my own aunt, she decided to support her son instead of really listening to me and getting me help that I needed.’
      • ‘It's always triggering but when it pops up I just make sure I use the tools to help myself just to recover from listening to these type of stories in the news.’
      • ‘This could also be very triggering for victims of sexual assault.’
      • ‘We are issuing a brief reminder that reporting specific details about the method a person uses for suicide can be very triggering for others experiencing suicidal thoughts.’
      • ‘It's very triggering as someone who has seen dead bodies like this growing up.’
      • ‘It all seems like a fun backstage clip until he shows up and reminds her that it's actually very triggering for him.’
      • ‘Each participant was also asked to attend cognitive behavioral therapy sessions with a licensed counselor after a triggering event, such as a patient death, caring for patients with traumatic injuries or participating in end-of-life discussions with family members.’
      • ‘As someone who didn't get a choice in beginning my sexual behavior, I found it triggering and upsetting.’
      • ‘If there are traditions that you find to be triggering or simply don't like, allow yourself to forego them.’
      • ‘I hear that many people perceive this behaviour as inappropriate and disturbing, and that some found it triggering to read.’