Definition for stressful

adjective as in nerve-racking

adjective as in taxing

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Example Sentences

Since it can be unethical to randomly assign humans to stressful conditions, the team tested the effects of varying “doses” of stress in squirrel monkeys that had not yet reached puberty.

So her team invited 280 children into the lab to complete two stressful tasks.

It would not be ethical to randomly assign humans to experience such stressful conditions.

“My interest in RV travel increased during the pandemic, because I wanted to road-trip domestically and get into nature, but trying to map and plan out hotel stays—and sanitized hotels at that—was difficult and stressful,” she says.

Isolating expectant mothers as though they had the virus created a stressful birth experience, a clinician noted.

“I mean, my life is not that stressful,” Collins said, feeling better.

There's so many different needs you have to meet, so you learn how it can be really stressful as well.

Commercial airline pilot is consistently placed near the top of “Most Stressful Jobs” lists.

Avoid all-you-can-eat buffets and noisy, stressful environments.

Six months later, she went through the same stressful search for another shelter.

Hewson might not have been in what he thought any stressful need of ghostly comfort or reassurance in matters of faith.

And all putting in and getting nothing out results in stressful times, in business ventures as in the case of individuals.

Another hour of this stressful tedium and they heard a sound of sharp significance.

Her eyes—they were the serene eyes of cool gray that take on slate-blue tints in stressful moments—met his defiantly.

Our eyes must not be fixed merely on this stressful present, but on the world as it will be ten years hence.


On this page you'll find 158 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to stressful, such as: annoying, trying, aggravating, disquieting, disturbing, and exasperating.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.