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  1. the act or process of agitating; state of being agitated: She left in great agitation.
  2. persistent urging of a political or social cause or theory before the public.
  3. 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.
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Origin of agitation

1560–70; < Latin agitātiōn- (stem of agitātiō); see agitate, -ion
Related formsag·i·ta·tion·al, adjectiveo·ver·ag·i·ta·tion, nounpre·ag·i·ta·tion, nounpro·ag·i·ta·tion, adjectivere·ag·i·ta·tion, nounsu·per·ag·i·ta·tion, nounun·der·ag·i·ta·tion, noun

Synonyms for agitation

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1. Agitation, disturbance, excitement, turmoil imply inner unrest, uneasiness, or apprehension. Agitation implies a shaken state of emotions, usually perceptible in the face or movements: With evident agitation she opened the telegram. Disturbance implies an inner disquiet caused by worry, indecision, apprehension, or the like: Long-continued mental disturbance is a cause of illness. Excitement implies a highly emotional state caused by either agreeable or distressing circumstances: excitement over a proposed trip, unexpected good news, a fire. Turmoil suggests such a struggle or conflict of emotions that one is unable to think consecutively: Her thoughts were in a hopeless turmoil.
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Examples from the Web for agitational

Historical Examples of agitational

  • And the party has done so, not for agitational reasons, but out of necessity, out of principle.

    Woman under socialism

    August Bebel

  • Sun himself thought in political and economic rather than agitational terms.

    Government in Republican China

    Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger

  • The immediate practical effects of the commission were nil, but its agitational value proved of great importance to labor.

British Dictionary definitions for agitational


  1. a state of excitement, disturbance, or worry
  2. the act of moving something vigorously; the shaking or stirring of something
  3. the act of attempting to stir up public opinion for or against something
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Derived Formsagitational, adjective
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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.)).

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