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restlessness

[ rest-lis-nis ]
/ ˈrɛst lɪs nɪs /
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noun

the inability to remain still or at rest, or a mood characterized by this:To overcome younger students’ restlessness and anxiety, one expert suggests class routines, role play activities, and other calming exercises.
the fact of being unable to sleep or find a comfortable position in which to sleep:I haven't been sleeping so well lately—a mix of restlessness and staying up too late watching movies.
discontent or dissatisfaction that drives one to keep looking for solutions, alternatives, or new things:We are incomplete beings yearning to be made whole, dogged by a sense of unease and restlessness.
perpetual movement:Growing up on the coast of Sydney as he did, his music is influenced by the restlessness of the ocean.

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Origin of restlessness

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