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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Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy host David Barr Kirtley had major misgivings about the season 2 finale, but is still disappointed that the show is ending. Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, "Netflix Cancelling The OA Is a Tragedy," 31 Aug. 2019 Intel, Oregon’s largest corporate employer, is continuing to invest in the state despite declining sales and public misgivings about the trade war. Mike Rogoway, oregonlive, "An Oregon recession? Unconventional trade war casts a shadow," 31 Aug. 2019 The latter group includes at least three who expressed regrets or misgivings about that vote in recent interviews. Jon Murray, The Denver Post, "Denver airport renovation reboot will face council scrutiny," 30 Aug. 2019 After Garcia took over in 2014 following the death of his father — the previous apostle — the young man’s misgivings about whether Garcia had truly been appointed by God grew deep. Leila Miller, latimes.com, "Reddit group becomes flashpoint in sex abuse scandal at La Luz del Mundo church," 15 July 2019 But for anyone with misgivings — or those who live upstairs without an elevator — maybe wait until Boosted makes a version more considerate of your upper body strength. Time, "We Rode Boosted's New Rev Electric Scooter. Here's What it's Like," 11 July 2019 His misgivings began long before the horrific events in El Paso last weekend. Timothy Mclaughlin, WIRED, "The Weird, Dark History of 8chan," 6 Aug. 2019 And some unions have been vocal in their misgivings about the Medicare for All plans pushed by candidates like Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders. Zak Hudak, CBS News, "Can union members stomach Medicare for All?," 29 July 2019 Some of the protest leaders say they felt pressured by international mediators, in particular the Americans, to accept it, despite their misgivings. The Economist, "The Sudan peace deal is greeted with little excitement," 8 July 2019

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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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