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Own my prefix to give you happiness;
Take on my infix to give you stress;
My suffix means to hesitate;
But my whole's power is great.

What am I?

Note: edited first two lines for clarity

Hint 1:

The prefix, infix, and suffix are all between 2 and 4 letters long (inclusive).

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  • $\begingroup$ I thought of two possibilities, but neither seems to fit perfectly: rot13(nfcunyg naq onpxfgbc). $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Mar 3 at 17:57
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I think I got it now.

petroleum


⋅ Owning a pet gives you happiness.
⋅ Taking on a role gives you stress.
um means to hesitate.

Second Answer:

Better than my first answer but not the intended solution (given the hint):

momentum


⋅ Having a moment to yourself gives you happiness
⋅ an omen (or men) - can give you stress
um means to hesitate

Original Answer:

Probably not what you're thinking of but I found this...

Magnetopause


Magnet is sometimes a toy which can give you happiness
⋅ A net upon you would likely cause stress
Pause means to hesitate

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    $\begingroup$ Added a hint in response. $\endgroup$ – anodyne Mar 3 at 17:53
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    $\begingroup$ Your suffix is now correct! Not quite the other two. $\endgroup$ – anodyne Mar 3 at 20:30
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    $\begingroup$ Third time's a charm! You're good at these, and nice persistence! $\endgroup$ – anodyne Mar 3 at 20:37
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks! Great puzzle. $\endgroup$ – DenverCoder1 Mar 3 at 20:39

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