Adjective "anxiety" definition and examples

(Anxiety may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.
  1. count noun 'anxieties about the moral decline of today's youth'
  2. 'The worries and anxieties of his years at Vétheuil seemed a distant memory.'
  3. 'And rural police response times are on the rise, adding to rural anxieties.'
  4. 'But in many respects, people's anxieties are not primarily focused on the big issues.'
  5. 'Our worries and anxieties evaporated in an instant, and within half an hour my wife, Jayne, was asking how we could buy one.'
  6. 'He thrived on his performing and did not have any related stresses or anxieties.'
  7. 'The effort may allow some of your students to express their own fears and anxieties.'
  8. 'At the other end of life, projections that we can expect to live longer have become a focus for demographic anxieties.'
  9. 'Meditation allows us to relinquish our worries and anxieties and awaken our innate energy and creativity.'
  10. 'After all, it can be argued, what's wrong with getting children to talk about their anxieties and problems?'
  11. 'Owen's anxieties never quite leave him, despite his charmed, only-child existence.'
  12. 'However, the fact that she suffers from anxiety and panic attacks is less certain of being admitted.'
  13. 'Two points need to be made with respect to the diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder.'
  14. 'As you learn to modify your compulsive behaviour, your anxiety levels should lessen.'
Strong desire or concern to do something or for something to happen.
  1. 'Achievements since are the result of an anxiety to play it safe.'
  2. 'Madame des Ursins confesses in her voluminous correspondence that she made herself a burden to the king in her anxiety to exclude him from all other influence.'
  3. 'A soldier describes his anxiety to go home after the civil war ended.'

More definitions

1. distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune: He felt anxiety about the possible loss of his job.

2. earnest but tense desire; eagerness: He had a keen anxiety to succeed in his work.

3. Psychiatry. a state of apprehension and psychic tension occurring in some forms of mental disorder.

More examples(as adjective)

"symptoms can be anxiety."

"states can be anxiety."


Early 16th century: from French anxiété or Latin anxietas, from anxius (see anxious).