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uneasy

[uhn-ee-zee]
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adjective, un·eas·i·er, un·eas·i·est.
  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.
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Origin of uneasy

First recorded in 1250–1300, uneasy is from the Middle English word unesy. See un-1, easy
Related formsun·ease, nounun·eas·i·ly, adverbun·eas·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for uneasiness

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Historical Examples

  • 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

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

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • It was as if she found in sheer activity and fatigue a remedy for her uneasiness.

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    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

adjective
  1. (of a person) anxious; apprehensive
  2. (of a condition) precarious; uncomfortablean uneasy truce
  3. (of a thought, etc) disturbing; disquieting
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Derived Formsunease, noununeasily, adverbuneasiness, 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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