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 Despite her misgivings, the two stars found a way to connect. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Kyra Sedgwick on Why She Felt ‘Terrified’ When Falling in Love with Husband of 31 Years Kevin Bacon," 27 Sep. 2019 Investors pushed the stock higher despite their many misgivings. Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Bank’s Race Against Crisis Puts India on Warning," 17 Sep. 2019 Martin ruled that the certificate of innocence would remain in place despite his misgivings last month that he had been given a report from prosecutors that should have also been turned over to Day’s attorney. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, "Judge upholds certificate of innocence, rejects legal brief from controversial ex-Chicago cop," 19 June 2019 Mencken’s misgivings seem amusing to us now, but Manhattan has always been a source of intrigue and fascination, both for those who reside here and for others around the country. Erin Overbey, The New Yorker, "Sunday Reading: Manhattan Stories," 28 July 2019 Still, misgivings about the far-right ultrareligious haunt even right-wing Jewish voters who have normally voted for Mr. Netanyahu. New York Times, "How Jewish Should the Jewish State Be? The Question Shadows an Israeli Vote," 12 Sep. 2019 The length of time that the bill will last reflects misgivings from lawmakers about it, as well. Rachel Metz, CNN, "California lawmakers ban facial-recognition software from police body cams," 12 Sep. 2019 Both leaders face citizenries whose misgivings about the other country are hardening. The Economist, "Relations between Japan and South Korea are fraying alarmingly," 18 July 2019 Despite a few private misgivings in Norwalk, the plan was widely supported by other GE employees, the board and, more importantly, investors. Thomas Gryta And Ted Mann, WSJ, "GE Powered the American Century—Then It Burned Out," 14 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of misgiving

1582, in the meaning defined above

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16 Nov 2019

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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 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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