Anxiety meaning

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An eager but often uneasy desire.

Anxiety to do well.

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A state of being uneasy, apprehensive, or worried about what may happen; concern about a possible future event.
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(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.
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A state of apprehension and fear resulting from the anticipation of a threatening event or situation. &diamf3; In psychiatry, a patient has an anxiety disorder &diamf3; if normal psychological functioning is disrupted or if anxiety persists without an identifiable cause.
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An unpleasant state of mental uneasiness, nervousness, apprehension and obsession or concern about some uncertain event.
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Anxiety is defined as a feeling of being nervous or worried, often as a result of fear of a possible future event.

An example of anxiety is the feeling you get before a test for which you have not studied.

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(pathology) A state of restlessness and agitation, often accompanied by a distressing sense of oppression or tightness in the stomach.
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The definition of anxiety is an eager, strong desire.

An example of anxiety is how you might feel when wanting to succeed at a new job.

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Anxiety can be a symptom of mental illness characterized by feelings of nervousness or distress without a noticeable cause.

An example of someone who may feel anxiety is a person suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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(psychiatry) A state of apprehension, uncertainty, and fear resulting from the anticipation of a realistic or fantasized threatening event or situation, often impairing physical and psychological functioning.
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Eager, often agitated desire.

My anxiety to make a good impression.

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(psychiatry) A state of apprehension, uncertainty, and fear resulting from the anticipation of a realistic or fantasized threatening event or situation, often impairing physical and psychological functioning.
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An uneasy or distressing desire (for something).

I was anxious to get into the office before Henderson called from New York.

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Origin of anxiety

  • Latin ānxietās from ānxius anxious anxious

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin anxietātem, from anxius (“anxious, solicitous, distressed, troubled”), from angō (“to distress, trouble”).

    From Wiktionary