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[mis-giv-ing] /mɪsˈgɪv ɪŋ/
Often, misgivings. a feeling of doubt, distrust, or apprehension.
Origin of misgiving
1595-1605; misgive + -ing1
Related forms
misgivingly, adverb
unmisgiving, adjective
unmisgivingly, adverb
suspicion, mistrust, hesitation. See apprehension. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for misgivings
  • But among the impoverished peasants in the vicinity, the project has aroused deep misgivings.
  • However, other scientists have misgivings about the strength of the research and its value in predicting climate events.
  • Scientists rail about being misrepresented, misquoted, and full of misgivings when it comes to working with the press.
  • Despite such misgivings, nuclear rocketry appears to be moving ahead.
  • Their skepticism goes beyond basic misgivings and advocacy of idiocy, it is outright rejection of reality in many cases.
  • Many former members of the cancer establishment express similar misgivings.
  • Some of the misgivings about e-books are easy to understand.
  • And many follow it only with restiveness and misgivings.
  • Even those who are looking forward to the show have some misgivings.
  • Rather than expressing second thoughts or misgivings about his decision, he has dug himself in and defended it.
British Dictionary definitions for misgivings


(often pl) a feeling of uncertainty, apprehension, or doubt
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Word Origin and History for misgivings



c.1600, "feeling of mistrust or sudden apprehension," from misgive "cause to feel doubt" (1510s), usually said of one's heart or mind, from mis- (1) + give in its Middle English sense of "suggest." Related: Misgivings.

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