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

First recorded in 1950–55; stress + -or2
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Related Words for stressor

annoyance, aggravation, bellyache, headache, irritant, nuisance, pain, pressure, trouble, worry, inconvenience

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Historical Examples of stressor

  • They are able to neutralize the stressor's potential for doing damage.

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British Dictionary definitions for stressor


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


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

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