stress·​ful | \ ˈstres-fəl How to pronounce stressful (audio) \

Definition of stressful

: full of or tending to induce stress

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Other Words from stressful

stressfully \ ˈstres-​fə-​lē How to pronounce stressful (audio) \ adverb

Examples of stressful in a Sentence

I had a stressful day at work today.
Recent Examples on the Web Another way to make work less stressful would be to allow workers more autonomy and decision-making power. Colette Shade, The New Republic, "Crying at Work Isn’t the Answer," 6 Jan. 2021 Stefanski said the honor had nothing to do with last season, but the announcement had a big impact on the team nonetheless after an incredibly stressful week. cleveland, "Meet ‘The Stefandalorian’: How Kevin Stefanski’s Mandalorian-like values changed the Browns’ culture and led them to the playoffs," 4 Jan. 2021 Despite these and other signs of momentum, some publishing specialists say Plan S and other open-access measures could be financially stressful and ultimately unsustainable for publishers and the research institutions and authors who foot the bill. Jeffrey Brainard, Science | AAAS, "A new mandate highlights costs, benefits of making all scientific articles free to read," 1 Jan. 2021 New Year’s Eve is one of those especially high-pressure holidays, in the stressful company of Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. Washington Post, "Stuck at home for New Year’s Eve? Celebrate with festive scenes from these 15 movies.," 30 Dec. 2020 This year, with his dog-mom working a stressful job at the hospital, Cahaba represented therapy for a therapist. Joseph Goodman |, al, "This one is for all the dogs of 2020, but especially Cahaba," 30 Dec. 2020 For people who‘ve undergone treatments for cancer, hair loss is a common but nevertheless stressful side effect. Jennifer Garam, Allure, "It's Not Vain to Care About Losing Your Hair After Cancer," 30 Dec. 2020 Sure, the holiday bustle was different, but your hustle was just as stressful. Noel Cody, Essence, "Caring for Yourself," 29 Dec. 2020 And that was still just one of the highly stressful events that impacted the U.S. this year. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "2020 was a difficult year for many, but according to historians, it's not the most stressful year in U.S. history," 28 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of stressful

1853, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jan 2021

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“Stressful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce stressful (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of stressful

: full of or causing stress : making you feel worried or anxious


stress·​ful | \ ˈstres-fəl How to pronounce stressful (audio) \

Medical Definition of stressful

: full of or subject to stress stressful situations

Other Words from stressful

stressfully \ -​fə-​lē How to pronounce stressful (audio) \ adverb

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