stress·​ful | \ˈstres-fəl \

Definition of stressful 

: full of or tending to induce stress

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Other Words from stressful

stressfully \ˈstres-​fə-​lē \ adverb

Examples of stressful in a Sentence

I had a stressful day at work today.

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My response tried to offer the bride-to-be a framework for considering potential outcomes and then deciding which would feel the least stressful. Rob Walker, The Seattle Times, "When the boss wants to be Facebook friends — and you don’t," 28 Nov. 2018 My son, who’s a math junkie, couldn’t get enough of the math-nerd-saves-the-day scenes, only to give up on the movie when the Athletics’ travails in the field proved too stressful to watch. Alexandra Samuel, WSJ, "Nine Movies That Can Teach Your Children About Business," 25 Nov. 2018 Told largely from Cleo’s perspective, the film focuses on her daily work around the house and her stressful love affair with a local martial artist. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The first film by Roma director Alfonso Cuarón is streaming on Netflix," 23 Nov. 2018 But if this sounds a bit stressful, don’t fret: At the end of the day, this is ultimately a time to purge. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What November's Capricorn Horoscope Means for You," 28 Oct. 2018 If your hunger is coinciding with a stressful period in your life, cut yourself some slack and try these stress-busters that help you focus on a little TLC. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "Why Am I Always Hungry?," 19 Oct. 2018 Fresh and floral, (fa, la, la, la) lavender is loved all year long, but the soothing scent is especially useful during the stressful holiday season. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "These Essential Oils Will Make Your Entire Home Smell Like Christmas," 14 Oct. 2018 Our experts take a deep dive into product categories like: Parenting is stressful enough without having to worry if the products marketed toward your kids are actually safe. Good Housekeeping, "Good Housekeeping Institute Product Reviews," 30 July 2018 But this was rather too stressful, and there are major issues to be resolved with the balance of the side. Jonathan Wilson,, "Germany Saves Its World Cup Life, But Champions Show Their Vulnerability," 23 June 2018

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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 \

Medical Definition of stressful 

: full of or subject to stress stressful situations

Other Words from stressful

stressfully \-​fə-​lē \ adverb

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