- The definition of distressful is something that causes pain, unhappiness, anxiety or fear.
News of a serious illness is an example of something that would bedistressful.
distressful definition by Webster's New World
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- causing distress; painful; grievous
- feeling, expressing, or full of distress
distressful definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Causing or experiencing distress.
- dis·tressˈful·ly adverb
- dis·tressˈful·ness noun