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misgiving

[mis-giv-ing] /mɪsˈgɪv ɪŋ/
noun
1.
Often, misgivings. a feeling of doubt, distrust, or apprehension.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; misgive + -ing1
Related forms
misgivingly, adverb
unmisgiving, adjective
unmisgivingly, adverb
Synonyms
suspicion, mistrust, hesitation. See apprehension.
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  • 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

misgiving

/mɪsˈɡɪvɪŋ/
noun
1.
(often pl) a feeling of uncertainty, apprehension, or doubt
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Word Origin and History for misgivings

misgiving

n.

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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