nervosity

noun

ner·​vos·​i·​ty ˌnər-ˈvä-sə-tē How to pronounce nervosity (audio)
: the quality or state of being nervous

Examples of nervosity in a Sentence

a palpable feeling of nervosity in every corner of the city after the terrorist attack
Recent Examples on the Web Violinists Clara Lyon and Maeve Feinberg, violist Doyle Armbrust and cellist Russell Rolen threw themselves into the dense thickets of notes with a nervosity and concentration that was nothing short of astonishing. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, 17 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1787, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nervosity was in 1787

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“Nervosity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nervosity. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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