stressful

adjective
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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The answers can single out people who might be more tempted to bring in contraband or make a bad decision like mistreating an inmate while in a stressful situation. USA TODAY, "Animation behind bars, Elliott the elk, SkyStar: News from around our 50 states," 10 Sep. 2019 Here’s why: your body responds to stressful situations (like feeling overwhelmed) by producing more cortisol — way more. Madeleine Burry, Good Housekeeping, "7 Self-Help Strategies For When You're Overwhelmed, According to Psychologists," 29 Aug. 2019 The hope is that this work could aid people in all sorts of stressful situations, from search-and-rescue to the future of space exploration. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "We’re teaching robots to build their own tools," 15 Aug. 2019 The suspicion is the 24-year-old Lauer has Raynaud’s (pronounced ray-NOHZ) disease, which causes certain extremities to experience low blood circulation when the temperature drops and/or in stressful situations. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Lauer deals with cold fingers; Bolanos called up to start; Myers’ big trip?," 2 Sep. 2019 Olivia Wilde is a mother to two young children, and experienced a stressful moment recently when her 5-year-son Otis Alexander lost his temper in public. Matt Mcnulty, PEOPLE.com, "Olivia Wilde Thanks Strangers for Helping as Her 5-Year-Old Son Otis Had a Public 'Meltdown'," 2 Aug. 2019 The goal generally is to protect the privacy of callers in what may be one of the most stressful moments of their lives. Lynn Arditi, BostonGlobe.com, "Going Quiet: Rhode Island among the states hiding 911 recordings from families, lawyers, and the general public," 16 July 2019 The goal generally is to protect the privacy of callers in what may be one of the most stressful moments of their lives. Lynn Arditi, ProPublica, "Going Quiet: More States Are Hiding 911 Recordings From Families, Lawyers and the General Public," 16 July 2019 With simulation, students can practice how to deliver news and receive feedback in a less stressful situation, Retener said. baltimoresun.com, "First responders, medics carry burden when deaths occur," 30 June 2019

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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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stressful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of stressful

: full of or causing stress : making you feel worried or anxious

stressful

adjective
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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