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[stres-fuh l] /ˈstrɛs fəl/
full of stress or tension:
the stressful days before a war.
Origin of stressful
First recorded in 1850-55; stress + -ful
Related forms
stressfully, adverb
unstressful, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She felt the corners of her mouth give way under the stressful shock of this question.

    A Woman's Will Anne Warner
  • But I hain't got master long ter live—an' when Jim an' me both passes on, I fears me thar'll be stressful times ahead.

    The Roof Tree Charles Neville Buck
  • Hewson might not have been in what he thought any stressful need of ghostly comfort or reassurance in matters of faith.

    Questionable Shapes William Dean Howells
  • The lame foot was pounding the deck with the stressful stamp that was always his indication of rage.

    The Portal of Dreams Charles Neville Buck
  • Her eyes—they were the serene eyes of cool gray that take on slate-blue tints in stressful moments—met his defiantly.

    The Grafters Francis Lynde
Word Origin and History for stressful

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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