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Definition of "distressed" []

  • Suffering distress: the distressed parents of wayward youths. (adjective)
  • Damaged or previously used: distressed merchandise. (adjective)
  • Having been foreclosed and offered for sale, usually at a price below market value: distressed real estate. (adjective)
  • Intentionally marred or faded to convey an antique or used look: distressed furniture; distressed denim. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "distressed" in a sentence
  • "I think the term distressed is no longer one that's used in sort of the normal course of describing the New York City office building market."
  • "Phoebe Caldwell prefers to use the term distressed behaviour rather than challenging behaviour."
  • "In its Southgate appeals brief, the government says that Beal used what it calls the distressed asset/debt or "DAD" shelter multiple times to "stockpile over $4 billion in artificial losses to shelter future income.""