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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Believe it or not the carpet wasn’t the most stressful moment of the experience, the weeks leading up to it were. Asia Milia Ware, Teen Vogue, "I Attended the Met Gala For the First Time — Here's What It Was Like," 8 May 2019 The process can be both intimidating and stressful for those wishing to undertake it. Hannah Brashers, Allure, "What to Expect When Reporting a Sexual Assault to Law Enforcement," 12 Apr. 2019 Household finances can be complex, confusing and stressful. George Erb, The Seattle Times, "Online budgeting sites can help you get a handle on finances," 12 Apr. 2019 Rocca acknowledged the decision to push ahead with the new plant as oil prices plunged was a difficult and stressful. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Tenaris to reopen Conroe steel pipe plant after three years," 21 June 2018 The process of buying a home has often been named one of the most stressful events in a young adult's life (or any age, really). Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Chase Will Pay You $1,000 If They Can’t Close Your Mortgage Fast Enough," 14 Feb. 2019 One of the most stressful parts of the lead-up to getting married—and, trust me, there were a lot—was the pressure from my mother to keep adding to our wedding registry. Tanya Edwards, Glamour, "The Divorce Registry Isn't a Thing, but It Should Be," 26 Nov. 2018 That’s when the most recent class of basketball legends was briefed on the most stressful part of all the pomp and circumstance: the speech. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "How to Write a Memorable Hall of Fame Speech," 8 Sep. 2018 The most stressful part was waiting for delivery because Polish customs officials are checking packages like this. Josephine Sedgwick, New York Times, "‘I Couldn’t Tell Anyone’: Women Around the World Reveal Intimate Stories of Abortion," 9 July 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 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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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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