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 stressfully (audio) \ adverb

Examples of stressful in a Sentence

I had a stressful day at work today.

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This message puts a positive spin on what has been a drawn out and stressful situation for West Ham and the club's fans, with his record of 22 goals and 12 assists in 65 games leaving him as one of the better of the club's strikers in recent years., "Marko Arnautovic Bids Farewell to West Ham Fans After Transfer to Shanghai SIPG," 9 July 2019 Rather than fixating on how stressful your boss's emails are, use this period to develop your own inner boss. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "How to Use This Month's Mercury Retrograde to Your Advantage," 27 June 2019 Some confessed just to get out of the stressful situation, figuring that the evidence would later clear them. Douglas Starr, Science | AAAS, "This psychologist explains why people confess to crimes they didn’t commit," 13 June 2019 Just about every Game of Thrones actor has indicated how stressful and draining the last season was. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Kit Harington Has Reportedly Been in a Wellness Facility Since Before the 'Game of Thrones' Finale," 29 May 2019 At the end of the day, no matter how stressful one can get, everything gets resolved. miamiherald, "CEOs: Cuban coffee, flexibility and beach picnics help employees balance job demands | Miami Herald," 18 Feb. 2018 Consumers' polled by Zillow rank peddling their properties as one of their most stressful events - along with getting fired or planning a big wedding. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Nothing to cry about: More than a third of home sellers get weepy over the deal," 26 June 2019 More than half the suicides or attempts occurred during the first week, a stressful time for those coping with sudden confinement, and about 80 percent of the inmates were awaiting trial. Washington Post, "AP Investigation: Many US jails fail to stop inmate suicides," 18 June 2019 What can today’s parents do to keep their little ones entertained and learning during this potentially stressful time? Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "A comprehensive guide to surviving a full summer with your kids," 15 June 2019

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First Known Use of stressful

1853, in the meaning defined above

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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 stressfully (audio) \ adverb

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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