- the act or process of agitating; state of being agitated: She left in great agitation.
- persistent urging of a political or social cause or theory before the public.
- Also called psychomotor agitation. psychological and physical restlessness, manifested by pacing, hand-wringing, or other activity, sometimes occurring as a symptom of severe depression, schizophrenia, or other mental disorder.
Origin of agitation
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Examples from the Web for agitational
And the party has done so, not for agitational reasons, but out of necessity, out of principle.Woman under socialism
Sun himself thought in political and economic rather than agitational terms.Government in Republican China
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The immediate practical effects of the commission were nil, but its agitational value proved of great importance to labor.A History of Trade Unionism in the United States
- a state of excitement, disturbance, or worry
- the act of moving something vigorously; the shaking or stirring of something
- the act of attempting to stir up public opinion for or against something
Word Origin and History for agitational
1560s, "mental tossing to and fro," from French agitation, from Latin agitationem (nominative agitatio) "motion, agitation," noun of action from past participle stem of agitare "move to and fro," frequentative of agere in its sense of "to drive" (see act (n.)).