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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Being rushed in the morning can make the start of any day stressful, especially for a new preschooler and his or her mom. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "Parent's survival guide to preschool," 10 July 2018 The organ-donation coordinator nurse will do everything in her power to make this time less stressful for the family. Longreads, "Somewhere Under My Left Ribs: A Nurse’s Story," 31 May 2018 The technology can keep the car centered in its lane with steering inputs to make driving less stressful in heavy traffic or on long highway trips. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "2019 Toyota Corolla five-door brings latest safety tech to the masses," 26 May 2018 Our different political views make conversations more stressful. Nina Biagini, SELF, "Dating With Fibromyalgia Taught Me That I'm Worth the Effort," 1 May 2018 Here are some of the deals and discounts available on Tuesday, April 17, to help make Tax Day a little less stressful. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "Tax Day is upon us — but so are some sweet deals and discounts | The Sacramento Bee," 17 Apr. 2018 Mindfulness meditation has tons of benefits that can be helpful in everyday life, and more stressful situations. Mckenzie Schwark, Teen Vogue, "The Thai Soccer Team Used Meditation to Help Them Survive," 12 July 2018 Now, Gomez says she's changed her perspective on life in light of the operation, and no longer worries as much about stressful situations or other people's opinions of her. Emily Wang, Glamour, "Selena Gomez Says She's 'Stepped Back a Bit' Since Her Kidney Transplant," 29 June 2018 Also watch for any sign of drying out of plants in stressful situations like slopes or parking lots. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "Drought restrictions and options for parched yards," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of stressful

1853, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stressful was in 1853

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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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to reject or criticize sharply

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