View synonyms for nervousness


[ nur-vuhs-nis ]


  1. the state or condition of being highly, acutely, or unnaturally uneasy or excitable:

    There is always an element of nervousness or stage fright in public speaking.

    High levels of thyroid hormones can cause side effects such as weight loss, rapid heart rate, and nervousness.

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Other Words From

  • non·nerv·ous·ness noun
  • o·ver·nerv·ous·ness noun
  • sem·i·nerv·ous·ness noun
  • un·nerv·ous·ness noun
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Example Sentences

Time and again people have really been nervous about what could happen.

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Palmer Luckey’s young defense company has been selected by the Air Force for work on a cutting-edge, multibillion-dollar nervous system for war.

This is normal and critical to the development of organ systems in the fetus, like the lungs, liver and central nervous system.

He keeps a nervous eye on the boxes of candy and gum, knowing that he’ll have to throw them out if they expire before someone buys them.

The idea that the mathematics for an optimal blind search strategy might be embedded in the very structure of a nervous system feels like a question that needs to be answered.

Others on the RSD forum would deconstruct his approach: “too aggressive,” “too many questions,” “nervousness in your voice,” etc.

Her nervousness about its content made her decide to publish it under a pseudonym, for reasons that would later become clear.

His brown eyes were penetrating yet peaceful, and he immediately disarmed my nervousness with his gentleness.

Adding to the nervousness are mixed messages from those who are supposed to be in the know.

They helped keep my nervousness and dread at a low boil, as I began to write a book about a writer at my age.

"No; his coming has taken me by surprise," replied Hartledon, with a nervousness he could not wholly conceal.

In sheer nervousness, Hilda also dropped to her knees on the hearthrug, and began to worry the fire with the poker.

Once on my legs I found that nervousness left me, words came freely and I even enjoyed the novel experience.

After a few days of excessive nervousness the most timorous among the women were heard to complain of the monotony of existence!

I hope he will succeed next time, but his nervousness renders it still more doubtful.





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