Definition of second thoughts in English:

second thoughts

(US second thought)

plural noun

  • A change of opinion or resolve reached after considering something again.

    ‘on second thoughts, perhaps he was right’
    • ‘On second thoughts, neither the apartment owner nor I had any reason to be unhappy.’
    • ‘My gut instinct is that he is having second thoughts about the whole thing; I couldn't sleep for thinking about it all.’
    • ‘So you have no second thoughts about this proposal to create this intelligence czar?’
    • ‘On second thoughts, senior police probably will turn up - to arrest the protesters.’
    • ‘On second thoughts, I don't feel like depressing myself anymore with the news.’
    • ‘Has someone had second thoughts about our multicultural nirvana?’
    • ‘Lizzie considered she might be dreaming but had second thoughts after stubbing her toe on a ceramic vase.’
    • ‘On second thoughts, that's how it all started in the first place.’
    • ‘However, on second thoughts, I realise the councillors on this committee are neither unwise or naïve.’
    • ‘I wasn't exactly keen, but my husband wanted to go, though we did have second thoughts when they had to screw the door shut.’
    • ‘For some reason she was having second thoughts and they weren't helping her at all.’
    • ‘Our choices are a guy who always has second thoughts or a guy who's never had a first thought.’
    • ‘On second thought, he realizes that it would have spurred the gossip.’
    • ‘So how can she suddenly call foul play, just because she has second thoughts about the person's intentions?’
    • ‘On second thought, though, I'm not even sure the political reasoning makes much sense.’
    • ‘The Gambler began to have second thoughts about concealing his weapon and reached for it.’
    • ‘On second thought, I'm proposing that we agree to rotate that drawstring among the three of us monthly.’
    • ‘We could have told them that - or perhaps, on second thoughts, could we?’
    • ‘On second thoughts, he might add it is great relief to find at least a couple of hours of uninterrupted acting moments.’
    • ‘This morning the Bureau of Statistics came out with a set of numbers that's prompting second thoughts.’
    qualm, misgivings, doubt, reservation, scruple
    rethink, reconsider, review, revise, re-examine, re-evaluate, reassess, reappraise, think better of, think over, take another look at, look at in a different light, have another think about
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