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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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 Loyalty to and love for family members can outweigh serious personal misgivings, leading someone to participate in a terrorist attack who might not otherwise be inclined to do so. Julie Chernov Hwang, Washington Post, "New research shows why terrorists quit terrorism," 12 July 2018 The drama palpably, potently conveys the group’s misgivings, their jangling nerves, the foolhardy resignation pushing them on despite themselves. Tom Russo, BostonGlobe.com, "Audubon, Darwin, and the evolution of a heist," 6 June 2018 Trump has no such misgivings, for worse and for better. Ian Bremmer, Time, "The 5 Things to Know About the Thaw in Korean Relations," 16 Jan. 2018 Goldman cautions that Justice Leondra Kruger expressed misgivings with Section 230 immunity. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "Yelp may have just saved the internet — but the court ruling in its favor is a dangerous muddle," 3 July 2018 Several council members expressed misgivings about the legislation Tuesday before voting for it. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "D.C. passes emergency law to allow chronically absent students to graduate," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of misgiving

1582, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of misgiving was in 1582

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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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