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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First Known Use of stressful

1853, in the meaning defined above

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4 Nov 2019

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The first known use of stressful was in 1853

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How to pronounce stressful (audio)

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 spread as a report or rumor

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