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stressor

[stres-er, -awr]
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noun
  1. an activity, event, or other stimulus that causes stress.

Origin of stressor

First recorded in 1950–55; stress + -or2
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  • They are able to neutralize the stressor's potential for doing damage.

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British Dictionary definitions for stressor

stressor

noun
  1. an event, experience, etc, that causes stress
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Word Origin and History for stressor

n.

1950, agent noun in Latin form from stress (v.).

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