mis·​giv·​ing | \ ˌmis-ˈgi-viŋ How to pronounce misgiving (audio) \

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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At times the vocals felt a bit pitchy for both Cruz and Umoh, but the emotional portrayal Cruz gives to Eliza's character after tragedy repeatedly befalls her family in Act II redeems any misgivings about her vocal prowess from Act I. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "It's not a show, it's a movement. 'Hamilton' wows at Kentucky Center," 6 June 2019 And inside Europe, the skeptics today aren’t in Paris but in the former Soviet vassal-states in the east that, despite all their misgivings, still view the U.S. as the only credible guarantor of their survival as independent nations. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "Is Europe Ready to Defend Itself?," 4 Jan. 2019 Within a few months, JPMorgan had misgivings about the card’s costs. Emily Glazer, WSJ, "Rewards Credit Cards Gained a Fanatic Following—Now Banks Are Pulling Back," 1 Jan. 2019 At the same time, comments by Mr. Saikawa, a Nissan employee since 1977, underscored more recent misgivings about Mr. Ghosn’s leadership. Nick Kostov, WSJ, "Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn Arrested, to Be Ousted as Chairman Amid Financial Misconduct Probe," 19 Nov. 2018 Some investors who were offered the loan expressed misgivings about the company’s record of burning through cash and its experience with high-profile accidents, which have previously led to dips in revenue. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "SpaceX Launches First Loan," 20 Nov. 2018 The debate may be O’Rourke’s best chance at giving Cruz backers any misgiving with just three weeks until Election Day. Paul J. Weber, The Seattle Times, "Cruz, O’Rourke debate may be last chance for big moment," 15 Oct. 2018 In May, misgivings followed a group into a Newark Baptist church one grey Thursday night. Georeen Tanner, Fox News, "Lead may be making Newark’s water poisonous," 17 Aug. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce misgiving (audio) \

Kids Definition of misgiving

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

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