stress·or | \ ˈstre-sər , -ˌsȯr \

Definition of stressor 

: a stimulus that causes stress

Examples of stressor in a Sentence

Credit card debt is a major stressor in her life.

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The highest stressors for most moms included insufficient finances, the burden of caring for a medically complex child, the unexpected impact on the family, and problems with their support network. Erica Sood, Phd,, "Fathers of seriously ill children experience stress differently than mothers," 27 June 2018 Although troubling, this is not surprising given the inherent stressors in our profession. Jane Wooldridge, miamiherald, "Following wave of suicides, Florida Bar president put mental health on the docket," 9 June 2018 Identify specific stressors, write them down, and outline ways to control them better. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Blame Your Junk Food Cravings on Your Unhealthy Brain," 3 July 2018 The study noted, although, that a large portion of shooters, about 62 percent, were dealing with stressors in their lives such as depression, anxiety and paranoia before their attack. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Most shooters got their guns legally, didn't have diagnosed mental illness, new FBI report says," 20 June 2018 That means that REN’s Anti-Pollution Mist and Global Protection Day Cream, which allegedly helps protect skin against environmental stressors like smoke and pollution, will be zero-waste soon. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "This Skin-Care Brand Is Going Zero Waste," 30 Mar. 2018 Tom was alert to current events and could relate his own life's challenges to the stressors of today., "Thomas D. Pearson Jr.," 21 Apr. 2018 When Little Big Town hosted the CMT Music Awards on June 6, reading the cue cards was not the biggest stressor. Tom Roland, Billboard, "Makin' Tracks: Little Big Town Takes Listeners To The Beach With Sultry 'Summer Fever'," 9 July 2018 If an individual is late, the student is pulled aside to discuss what could be keeping them from showing up on time, whether this is through working on case management, finding housing or identifying other stressors. Grace Wong,, "Silver Fork teaches culinary skills, confidence," 9 July 2018

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1950, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of stressor

: something that makes you worried or anxious : a source of stress


stress·or | \ ˈstres-ər , -ˌȯ(ə)r \

Medical Definition of stressor 

: a stimulus that causes stress psychological stressors

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