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existential anxiety

1. in existentialism, the angst associated with one’s freedom as a human being to make choices; with one’s responsibility for the consequences of those choices; and with the sense that one’s existence is devoid of absolute meaning and purpose given that such choices occur in the absence of rational certainty or structure. See nothingness.

2. a general sense of anguish or despair associated with an individual’s recognition of the inevitability of death.

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