stress·​or | \ ˈstre-sər How to pronounce stressor (audio) , -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.
Recent Examples on the Web Half said housing costs are a significant stressor. Andrea Petersen, WSJ, 2 Aug. 2022 Earlier this year, according to the news release, officials at Sacramento State noted that 59 percent of students surveyed through SWISS identified mental health issues as a top stressor, along with a need for academic support. al, 14 July 2022 Of course, experts say, there's an additional (and obvious) stressor for many: an ongoing pandemic that continues to test our capacity for grief and affect our daily lives. Nikki Brown,, 9 June 2022 No incident of suicide during the last two months has officially been attributed to the policy and experts warn that ending one’s own life is rarely caused by a single stressor. Christian Shepherd, Washington Post, 19 May 2022 Work can be a stressor for us all, and for transgender individuals, this can come with the additional burden of having to suppress their gender identity to conform to societal norms. Katie Lynch, Forbes, 12 July 2022 The classroom had become a COVID hotspot and a major stressor. Ineye Komonibo,, 9 May 2022 Cyberattacks originating in Russia also have the potential to exacerbate supply chain issues, a major stressor for U.S. business leaders. Phil Wahba, Fortune, 4 Mar. 2022 Being flooded by a full inbox can be a huge stressor not to mention an incredible waste of time. Ashley Stahl, Forbes, 1 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of stressor

1950, in the meaning defined above

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“Stressor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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stress·​or | \ ˈstres-ər How to pronounce stressor (audio) , -ˌȯ(ə)r How to pronounce stressor (audio) \

Medical Definition of stressor

: a stimulus that causes stress psychological stressors


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