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[uhn-ee-zee] /ʌnˈi zi/
adjective, uneasier, uneasiest.
not easy in body or mind; uncomfortable; restless; disturbed; perturbed.
not easy in manner; constrained; awkward.
not conducive to ease; causing bodily discomfort.
Origin of uneasy
1250-1300; Middle English unesy. See un-1, easy
Related forms
unease, noun
uneasily, adverb
uneasiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for uneasiness
  • Feelings of fear, dread, and uneasiness that may occur as a reaction to stress.
  • Anxiety is fear, dread, and uneasiness caused by stress.
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  • Understanding these simple truths might help alleviate some of the uneasiness many people feel about human evolution.
  • Denial is still rife, and so is an uneasiness toward outsiders.
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British Dictionary definitions for uneasiness


(of a person) anxious; apprehensive
(of a condition) precarious; uncomfortable: an uneasy truce
(of a thought, etc) disturbing; disquieting
Derived Forms
unease, noun
uneasily, adverb
uneasiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for uneasiness


late 13c., "not comforting," from un- (1) "not" + easy. Meaning "disturbed in mind" is attested from 1670s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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