mis·​giv·​ing ˌmis-ˈgi-viŋ How to pronounce misgiving (audio)
: a feeling of doubt or suspicion especially concerning a future event
Many people have expressed misgivings about his ability to do the job.

Example Sentences

I felt some misgiving about his ability to do the job. They regarded the plan with misgiving.
Recent Examples on the Web No amount of atonement or misgiving makes any difference. Greg Jackson, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2021 Despite any nostalgic misgivings, however, the TrackMan system seems a natural next step in the evolution of sports and technology. Dugan Arnett, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Aug. 2019 Despite any misgivings about Cruise as an actor and a person, the trailer certainly sets up some pretty spectacular shots. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, 18 July 2019 Some of us who would otherwise be reluctant to vote for Mr. Trump and Republican enablers in Congress see the over-the-top Democratic and media response to him as reason enough to cast ballots for the GOP despite any misgivings. WSJ, 2 Nov. 2018 Barton's attorney, Fred Duchardt Jr., said last week that three jurors involved in Barton's 2006 trial now express misgivings based on the blood spatter evidence. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, 19 May 2020 Any misgivings have also been tempered by a feeling the state should be taking stronger measures to control the outbreak. Anchorage Daily News, 3 May 2020 The company expressed misgivings about participating, but also believed that backing out might prompt an angry response from Trump. Jordan Fabian, Bloomberg.com, 15 Apr. 2020 Majeed's misgivings about being asked to spy on his own community are heightened when his devout father begins frequenting the mosque, bringing both his son and granddaughter back into the fold after years of relatively secular detachment. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Mar. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1582, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misgiving was in 1582

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“Misgiving.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misgiving. Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

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mis·​giv·​ing (ˈ)mis-ˈgiv-iŋ How to pronounce misgiving (audio)
: a feeling of doubt or suspicion especially concerning a future event

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