Definition of eustress in English:


Pronunciation /yo͞oˈstres/ /juˈstrɛs/


  • Moderate or normal psychological stress interpreted as being beneficial for the experiencer.

    ‘He described two kinds of stress: eustress and distress.’
    • ‘There are three different types of stress: eustress, distress, and neustress.’
    • ‘Actually, there are two types of stress: eustress, which is pleasant stress, and distress, which is potentially harmful stress.’
    • ‘The word eustress has been coined to describe positive stress.’


1950s eu- + stress, on the pattern of distress.