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restlessness

Noun

1 the quality of being ceaselessly moving or active; "the restlessness of the wind"
2 a lack of patience; irritation with anything that causes delay [syn: impatience]
3 a feeling of agitation expressed in continual motion; "he's got the fidgets"; "waiting gave him a feeling of restlessness" [syn: fidget, fidgetiness]
4 inability to rest or relax or be still [syn: uneasiness]

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  1. The state or condition of being restless; an inability to be still, quiet, or comfortable.
    She sat and fidgeted out of restlessness as she waited.

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Agitation may refer to:
  • emotional state of excitement or restlessness
    • psychomotor agitation, an extreme form of the above, which can be a side effect of antipsychotic medication
  • agitation (action), putting into motion by shaking or stirring
  • political agitation, political activities in which an agitator urges people to do something
  • Agitated, a B-Side from the band Muse
restlessness in German: Agitation
restlessness in Slovak: Agitácia
restlessness in Finnish: Agitaatio

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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