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    Do they mean the same?

    Hi,

    the pressures of modern life.
    the stress of modern life.

    What do 'pressure' and 'stress' mean here? Do they mean the same?

    Thank you in advance

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    Re: Do they mean the same?

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    I think they are not the same:
    Stress means a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense while pressure means oppressive condition of physical or mental or social or economic psychological suffering, so you should choose exact word based on what you want to express.


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    Re: Do they mean the same?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Hi,

    the pressures of modern life.
    the stress of modern life.

    What do 'pressure' and 'stress' mean here? Do they mean the same?

    Thank you in advance
    It depends on your frame of mind. If you like pressure, there is no stress.

    Definition from Cambridge Dictionary Online: Free English Dictionary and Thesaurus

    pressure - expectations from society
    stress - fear, pain


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    Re: Do they mean the same?

    In this context, 'pressure' would be: 'the feeling of stressful urgency caused by the necessity of doing or achieving something, especially if there is a time limit.'

    'stress' would be 'a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances (that is, '...resulting from pressure!).

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    Re: Do they mean the same?

    They can mean the same thing. Some people would mean pressure differently: an external compulsion to act in a particular manner, something that disenfranchises the free will.

    Stress is just worry, but people also call it "pressure" at times.

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