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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Things are about to become pretty stressful for the Reagan family in tonight's episode of Blue Bloods. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "This 'Blue Bloods' Sneak Peek Shows Eddie Janko Dealing with Some Reagan Family Drama," 19 Oct. 2018 Getting dressed in the morning is always stressful for me. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "The Item I Wear to Death: Veronica Beard's 'Sierra' Dress," 25 July 2018 But the harm to employees from stressful working... Jeffrey Pfeffer, WSJ, "The Hidden Costs of Stressed-Out Workers," 28 Feb. 2019 Grappling with medical bills can be especially stressful. Mattie Quinn, SELF, "8 Ways to Negotiate and Pay Off Expensive Medical Bills," 15 Feb. 2019 When shopping for prom is fun but also hella stressful. Katie Robinson, Seventeen, "16 Funny Prom Memes That Are Real AF," 22 Jan. 2019 Between interviewing for jobs, traveling, looking for an apartment and scheduling a move, November was a stressful month. Micaela English, Woman's Day, "'I Went on the Whole30 Diet and This Is What Happened'," 11 Dec. 2018 But dogs and cats can wind up finding the holidays particularly stressful. Robin Tribble, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make Sure Your Pets Have a Happy Holiday Too," 12 Nov. 2018 But Bhattacharyya said that could be a stressful living situation for the animal. Hillary Davis,, "Therapy retriever makes days golden at Costa Mesa women’s rehab," 5 May 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

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

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to boil down or concentrate

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