self-doubt

noun
\ ˌself-ˈdau̇t How to pronounce self-doubt (audio) \
plural self-doubts

Definition of self-doubt

: a lack of faith in oneself : a feeling of doubt or uncertainty about one's abilities, actions, etc. plagued with/by self-doubt overcame her self-doubts The man who comes through the pages of this straightforwardly written autobiography is eminently human, full of self-doubt about his personal life and his career …— Walter Goodman

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1847, in the meaning defined above

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self-doubt

noun

English Language Learners Definition of self-doubt

: a feeling of doubt about your own abilities or actions

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