Definition of misgiving in English:



  • A feeling of doubt or apprehension about the outcome or consequences of something.

    ‘we have misgivings about the way the campaign is being run’
    [mass noun] ‘I felt a sense of misgiving at the prospect of retirement’
    • ‘The battle brought to the fore misgivings about the war in Scotland.’
    • ‘After living with this album for a couple of months, my initial misgivings have been dispelled.’
    • ‘I was dismayed by their lack of confidence in the world's safest form of travel but understood their misgivings.’
    • ‘Several residents attended a meeting of the development control committee to express their misgivings.’
    • ‘There have been misgivings and bad omens in the city for months.’
    • ‘Despite the misgivings of experts, global demand for the U.S. dollar remains strong.’
    • ‘They are either in a minority or they are silent about their misgivings.’
    • ‘There are - to put it no more strongly - serious misgivings among members of the EU.’
    • ‘She admitted she had grave misgivings about passing such a sentence, but said she was prepared to give the defendant a chance.’
    • ‘Chief among these misgivings is a suspicion that the new system is about putting a brake on the capacity of patients to make trouble.’
    • ‘But there have to be serious misgivings about how often he will be ready to put his vulnerable body in the firing line.’
    • ‘Most of the misgivings I've heard from those familiar with the book have come back to how short the film is.’
    • ‘But despite all these misgivings, I must confess I fell for the movie hook, line and sinker.’
    • ‘Maybe I'm just getting old… and despite my misgivings you will notice I have been watching!’
    • ‘They may cite religion or culture, but the roots of their misgivings go even deeper.’
    • ‘The absence of an Iraqi government was a source of bitterness and misgivings.’
    • ‘He couldn't help having misgivings about the easy taxonomy to which he found himself resorting.’
    • ‘Only after retirement or moves to other jobs do they become willing to express their misgivings.’
    • ‘Despite my misgivings, I picked up a box of these today when I filled the new prescription.’
    • ‘As the trip progressed, many in the group confessed they had travelled to China with misgivings.’
    qualm, doubt, reservation, scruple
    suspicion, distrust, mistrust, lack of faith, lack of confidence, diffidence, second thoughts
    trepidation, scepticism, worry, unease, uneasiness, anxiety, apprehension, uncertainty, niggle, disquiet, disquietude, hesitation, hesitance, hesitancy
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