mis·​giv·​ing | \ -ˈgi-viŋ \

Definition of misgiving 

: a feeling of doubt or suspicion especially concerning a future event Many people have expressed misgivings about his ability to do the job.

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Examples of misgiving in a Sentence

I felt some misgiving about his ability to do the job. They regarded the plan with misgiving.

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That could entice some staffers to stay despite misgivings about the startup’s new alliance with a tobacco company, one current employee said. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Juul’s Instant Millionaires: How $2 Billion From Altria Is Being Divvied Up," 21 Dec. 2018 Baker partner Alexander Gomonov, now at Latham & Watkins LLP, urged Daniel Rodriguez, Lehram’s largest shareholder, to take the deal, telling him to trust Mr. Yushvaev, despite Mr. Rodriguez’s misgivings, according to the lawsuit. Joe Palazzolo, WSJ, "U.K. Group Sues Law Firm After Failing to Win Back Russian Coal Mine," 5 Dec. 2018 In a 2010 study published in the journal Psychological Science, researchers examined how often men apologized for misgivings than women. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Christine Blasey Ford's Attempts to Make Everyone Comfortable Is a Burden Women Know Well," 28 Sep. 2018 But Miller has expressed none of the president’s misgivings. Julie Hirschfeld Davis And Michael D. Schear, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump administration adopts a border policy previously spurned as inhumane," 16 June 2018 Whatever the misgivings about Dr Mahathir, thanks to the election the press is already freer, parliament will have more oversight, and the courts will be more independent. The Economist, "South-East Asia: lots of elections, not so much democracy," 24 May 2018 One community member who had initial misgivings was Pastor Michael Henderson of the Second Baptist Church of La Grange, directly across the street from the new facility. Hank Beckman, chicagotribune.com, "First clients ready to move into La Grange BEDS Plus facility for chronically homeless," 16 Apr. 2018 With Paul’s announcement — and John McCain’s misgivings and ongoing absence from the Senate for health reasons — Haspel will probably end up needing at least a Democrat or two to pull her through. Chuck Todd, NBC News, "Republicans are selling the wrong messages from Pennsylvania," 15 Mar. 2018 Undoubtedly shocked at the news of the relationship and sudden engagement, her mother shared some of her misgivings about the new couple. Melissa Locker, Time, "Little Girl Who Has Instant Rapport With Mannequin Boy Refuses to Leave Store," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of misgiving

1582, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of misgiving

: a feeling of doubt about something : a feeling that something might not be right or might not work as planned


mis·​giv·​ing | \ mis-ˈgi-viŋ \

Kids Definition of misgiving

: a feeling of distrust or doubt especially about what is going to happen

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