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[stres-fuh l]
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  1. full of stress or tension: the stressful days before a war.
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Origin of stressful

First recorded in 1850–55; stress + -ful
Related formsstress·ful·ly, adverbun·stress·ful, adjective
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Related Words for stressful

trying, annoying, stressful, tedious, onerous, troublesome, demanding, disturbing, nervous, shaky, strained, edgy, anxious, uneasy, apprehensive, agitated, jittery, restive, excited, tricky

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Word Origin and History for stressful


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

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