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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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 Democrat misgivings The Democrat leadership has not ordered its members in Congress to oppose the bill, although the party's House leader is against it. Kevin Diaz, Houston Chronicle, "Senate panel approves Abbott counsel Andrew Oldham for 5th Circuit Court," 24 May 2018 President Donald Trump on Sunday defended his decision to sign a $1.3 trillion federal spending bill despite his misgivings, pointing to billions in new funding for the military and national security. Washington Post, "Trump defends $1.3T spending plan, points to military gains," 25 Mar. 2018 The episode ended with Philip -- now back in the KGB fold, despite his misgivings -- calling Elizabeth to warn her in cryptic terms that the borscht had hit the fan. Kristi Turnquist, OregonLive.com, "How should 'The Americans,' one of TV's best dramas, end?," 30 May 2018 Trump has often expressed misgivings about his own advisers, especially those who were part of the bureaucracy in previous administrations. Michael D. Shear, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump swears in Haspel as CIA director," 21 May 2018 Several major stockholders of an affiliate of Dell Technologies Inc. DVMT 0.79% have misgivings about a bid to buy them out, potentially complicating the PC and data-storage giant’s plan to return to the public markets. Cara Lombardo, WSJ, "BlackRock, Other Big Investors Have Misgivings About Dell Offer," 10 July 2018 Per the Times: But Mr. Miller has expressed none of the president’s misgivings. Luke Darby, GQ, "Stephen Miller Wants Credit for Breaking Up Families at the Border," 17 June 2018 His misgivings about the business echoed those of other former employees contacted by The Washington Post. Peter Whoriskey, courant.com, "Unsolicited checks can be a lifeline and an albatross," 2 July 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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