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English noun: tenseness

1. tenseness (state) the physical condition of being stretched or strained

SamplesIt places great tension on the leg muscles.
He could feel the tenseness of her body.

Synonymstautness, tension, tensity

Broader (hypernym)condition, status

Narrower (hyponym)tone, tonicity, tonus

2. tenseness (state) (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense

SamplesHe suffered from fatigue and emotional tension.
Stress is a vasoconstrictor.

Synonymsstress, tension

Broader (hypernym)mental strain, nervous strain, strain

Narrower (hyponym)breaking point, yips

Domain categorypsychological science, psychology

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