Often, misgivings. a feeling of doubt, distrust, or apprehension.

1595–1605; misgive + -ing1

misgivingly, adverb
unmisgiving, adjective
unmisgivingly, adverb

suspicion, mistrust, hesitation. See apprehension.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To Misgivings
World English Dictionary
misgiving (mɪsˈɡɪvɪŋ)
(often plural) a feeling of uncertainty, apprehension, or doubt

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

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 M.E. sense of "suggest." Related: Misgivings.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
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.
Related Searches
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature