Currently reading this article,, 12th paragraph says,

Most trade talks take much longer than one year to complete. These particular negotiations are unusually fraught because of uncertainty surrounding how trade between Northern Ireland and Ireland will be governed once the U.K. is no longer part of the EU.

What definition under my dictionary is the bold italic adjective? fraught used by?

1 a archaic : carrying as a load : laden, freighted

b : well supplied or provided

2 a : burdened or menaced with endangered, threatened

b : giving promise or prospect — used with with

c : accompanied, attended — used with with

3 : causing or characterized by emotional distress or tension : uneasy

Or is it the definition as a verb defined as the following?

now chiefly Scottish : load, freight, fill

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1 Answer 1


In this case, definition 3 is correct, because the participants are uneasy over the problems caused by the mentioned breakup of the E.U. and U.K.

  • Thank you very much! This is one of the most difficult words I've encountered so far.
    – user17814
    Commented Jan 4, 2020 at 6:46

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