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stressful

[stres-fuh l] /ˈstrɛs fəl/
adjective
1.
full of stress or tension:
the stressful days before a war.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; stress + -ful
Related forms
stressfully, adverb
unstressful, adjective
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  • People who know their limitations can plan to avoid stressful situations or to work around events that tug at their weaknesses.
  • It's best and less stressful to begin your driving experience away from big cities, so try renting your car in a smaller town.
  • Fame only made dealing with her mental illness that much more stressful and put her under more pressure.
  • They struggled in stressful situations, often had trouble paying attention, and found it difficult to maintain friendships.
  • But it's also sad and stressful to watch a capable artist fail so publicly.
  • The conclusion that poverty is stressful is hardly news.
  • Except in the case of a few highfliers and a somewhat larger number of inveterate slackers, college is a stressful experience.
  • People are prone to extremes of behavior because weddings are big, stressful business.
  • One friend of mine simply says she can't talk about it, it's too stressful.
  • Exercise is an effective distraction from stressful events.
Word Origin and History for stressful
adj.

1853, from stress (n.) + -ful. Related: Stressfully; stressfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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