What does stressful mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nerve-racking, nerve-wracking, stressful, tryingadjective

    extremely irritating to the nerves

    "nerve-racking noise"; "the stressful days before a war"; "a trying day at the office"


  1. stressfuladjective

    Irritating; causing stress.

    I have always argued that change becomes stressful and overwhelming only when you've lost any sense of the constancy of your life. You need firm ground to stand on. From there, you can deal with that change. uE000155019uE001Richard Nelson Bolles

  2. Etymology: From stress + -ful.


  1. stressful

    Stressful refers to a situation, event, or condition that causes a significant amount of stress, anxiety or worry. It typically involves circumstances that are demanding, challenging, or high-pressure, potentially leading to negative emotional or physical responses.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stressfuladjective

    having much stress

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stressful in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stressful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of stressful in a Sentence

  1. Melvin Gidden:

    Sometimes it's stressful because of the heat, sometimes it's stressful because of the rain, but we're out there rain, sleet or snow. We've got to launch them all.

  2. Lindsey Rosman:

    American politics are stressful. I think for many Americans, the 2016 US presidential election in particular was very stressful, due to the unprecedented levels of anxiety, animosity, and partisan rhetoric throughout the campaign and the polarized reactions to the election results.

  3. T.Ollyvar:

    Life is truly stressful but anything is possible.

  4. Wesley D'Amico:

    Fishing makes time stressful.

  5. Joe Biden:

    They just jumped off now, so that gives you an idea of how – behind the scenes, that was tough. … There was a lot of requirements we had to meet. F--- that was so stressful. That was so f---ing stressful, man.

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