from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being anxious.
  • n. A feeling of anxiety.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being anxious; great solicitude; anxiety.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being anxious; great solicitude; anxiety.

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

  • n. a feeling of mild anxiety about possible developments
  • n. (psychiatry) a relatively permanent state of worry and nervousness occurring in a variety of mental disorders, usually accompanied by compulsive behavior or attacks of panic


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  • This is the first time a direct relationship has been found without other psychological characteristics, such as anxiousness, that might affect results.

    February 21st, 2006

  • Lilly, it says, through its primary care sales force, presented the physicians with hypothetical patient profiles, which included "patients complaining of symptoms such as anxiousness, irritability, mood swings and disturbed sleep, and submitting to physicians that such hypothetical patients would be medically indicated for treatment with Zyprexa."

    Zyprexa Lawsuits - Eli Lilly May Lose Insurance Coverage

  • His wives, who are at some distance behind him, the moment they see him assume this attitude fall to the ground as if they had been shot; their children cower by them, and their little faces express an earnestness and anxiousness which is far beyond their years; at length a suppressed whistle is given by one of the women, which denotes that she sees a kangaroo near her husband.

    Journals of Two Expeditions of Discovery in North-West and Western Australia, Volume 2

  • I don't know why Jury Duty should provoke this kind of anxiousness, but I woke up around 2: 30 this morning from a strange dream of being in a play directed by my friend Sara's ex-husband (not Sara the illustrator, a friend from college who's now living in Paris with her new husband and their first baby, which she just delivered/was just delivered of a few weeks ago) but no one ever told me when rehearsals were so on opening knight I still didn't know any of my lines and thus ensued some comedic chases around the theater because I was off hobnobbing with the editors in the audience while the director was belling for me to get on stage and say my lines ...

    Breakfast in Bed

  • She stopped short; and then added shyly, with a kind of anxiousness in her wide dark gaze: "An expression, ma'am -- for Heaven.

    V. V.'s Eyes

  • Looking back at Charisse, he tried hard to ignore the anxiousness he felt in his gut.

    Who Said It Would Be Easy

  • As my reflection deepens, I think some of my anxiousness also comes from not knowing what will happen tomorrow or how everyone that I usually pray and break my fast with is actually doing.

    Imam Khalid Latif: Ramadan Reflection Day 27: Waiting For The Storm

  • When feelings of insecurity and anxiousness emerge, and they often do these visionaries use their compelling vision to lift their minds to their higher purpose.

    Michele Hunt: 2012: A New Day

  • In his anxiousness, he tugged on his beard so hard that he winced.

    Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer

  • She captures the anxiousness and longing of a woman who just wants her old life back -- and who is slowly realizing that she's never going to have that.

    Marshall Fine: Movie Review: Return


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