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.
Recent Examples on the Web Horowitz's prepared testimony also expresses deep misgivings about the FBI's errors and omissions in its requests for judicial approval to conduct surveillance on Page. Ken Dilanian, NBC News, "DOJ watchdog to tell Senate he has deep concerns about FBI errors in Russia probe," 11 Dec. 2019 The out-of-state attorneys general are trying to drum up support, though lawyers for cities and counties have expressed misgivings. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Ohio attorney general concedes defeat in legislative attempt to control opioid litigation," 22 Oct. 2019 This is where the equity market’s hopes of a demand stimulus collide with the bond market’s misgivings over fiscal slippage. Washington Post, "India Sends Up the Monetary Helicopters," 24 Sep. 2019 There was always a very audible level of misgiving in Britain about where the European project was going. Conrad Black, National Review, "The Roots of Brexit," 9 Sep. 2019 Masons, for instance, had some misgivings about the SAM bricklaying robot when it was unveiled at a trade show in 2015 because some of them feared losing their jobs. Jennifer Alsever, Fortune, "How Robots Are Changing the Construction Industry," 23 Nov. 2019 Workers may ultimately vote yes on ratification, but more than a few might have misgivings. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "UAW, FCA talks take center stage, but easy agreement not guaranteed," 16 Nov. 2019 Despite the stock rise, Richard Aboulafia, a prominent industry analyst, had misgivings. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, "“I Will Never Let Boeing Forget Her”," 11 Nov. 2019 The fund expressed similar misgivings in April and November 2017, as well as March and September 2018, and is yet to be proved right. Marcus Ashworth | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Pimco Is Getting It All Wrong About Britain," 7 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of misgiving

1582, in the meaning defined above

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“Misgiving.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misgiving?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=m&file=misgiv04. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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