noun pl. anxieties
- a state of being uneasy, apprehensive, or worried about what may happen; concern about a possible future event
- Psychiatry an abnormal state like this, characterized by a feeling of being powerless and unable to cope with threatening events, typically imaginary, and by physical tension, as shown by sweating, trembling, etc.
- an eager but often uneasy desire: anxiety to do well
L anxietas < anxius, anxious