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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Causing or experiencing distress.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Causing or having distress, strain, or anxiety.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of distress; causing, indicating, or attended with, distress.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Inflicting or bringing distress; distressing; calamitous: as, a distressful event.
  • Indicating distress; proceeding from pain or anguish: as, distressful cries.
  • Attended with poverty or misery; gained by severe or painful toil.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. causing distress or worry or anxiety

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