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What is a single word suggesting doubt in the heart coupled with unsettledness?

One could doubt without being unsettled by an affair - I want a single word combining the two.

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up vote 10 down vote accepted

Qualm — "an uneasy feeling of doubt, worry, or fear; a misgiving".

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trepidation is a possibility.

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How about unease or angst?

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Bah. I came to post "unease" and you beat me to it. +1 – MrHen Apr 22 '11 at 20:00
@MrHen: Well, you're always getting in ahead of me! ;) – Kelly Hess Apr 23 '11 at 19:26

Anxiety sounds like a good choice for what you want.

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Thanks for that but you could be anxious about something without doubting in it. 'I'm anxious about my job interview.' or doubt in something without being unsettled by it.'I doubt that I will come out this weekend.' – nicholas ainsworth Apr 22 '11 at 17:36
@nicholas: I disagree. Anxiety is the word you seek. You can't be anxious about something unless there's an element of doubt. If you know exactly what bad thing is going to happen, you're fearful, etc. – FumbleFingers Apr 22 '11 at 17:44
@FF, I disagree. Medications, and some mental conditions can cause anxiety with no external cause. A pretty lame technicality, but hey. – Sam Apr 22 '11 at 22:04
"Qualm" is an awesome word. I consider my suggestion checkmated. – mfe Apr 22 '11 at 22:19

Perturbed? According to NOAD:

perturb (verb)
(often be perturbed) make (someone) anxious or unsettled

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