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uneasy

[uhn-ee-zee] /ʌnˈi zi/
adjective, uneasier, uneasiest.
1.
not easy in body or mind; uncomfortable; restless; disturbed; perturbed.
2.
not easy in manner; constrained; awkward.
3.
not conducive to ease; causing bodily discomfort.
Origin of uneasy
1250-1300
First recorded in 1250-1300, uneasy is from the Middle English word unesy. See un-1, easy
Related forms
unease, noun
uneasily, adverb
uneasiness, noun
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Examples from the Web for uneasiness
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  • Do not occasion me uneasiness, when I would give you nothing but pleasure.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • "I am a Mackworth of Normanton," the other answered, with some uneasiness of manner.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • It was as if she found in sheer activity and fatigue a remedy for her uneasiness.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • By the first day of May, Tillie's uneasiness had become certainty.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • I recommend to you, my dear lady, to give yourself no uneasiness.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
British Dictionary definitions for uneasiness

uneasy

/ʌnˈiːzɪ/
adjective
1.
(of a person) anxious; apprehensive
2.
(of a condition) precarious; uncomfortable: an uneasy truce
3.
(of a thought, etc) disturbing; disquieting
Derived Forms
unease, noun
uneasily, adverb
uneasiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for uneasiness

uneasy

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

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