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self-doubt

[self-dout] /ˈsɛlfˈdaʊt/
noun
1.
lack of confidence in the reliability of one's own motives, personality, thought, etc.
Origin of self-doubt
1840-1850
1840-50
Related forms
self-doubting, adjective
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  • Peter was very tender-hearted, very sympathetic, very prone to self-doubt.

    The Dull Miss Archinard Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • How can a man be sufficiently wanting in self-doubt as to believe in himself?

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • The moments of silence were expanded by gathering compunction and self-doubt.

    Romola George Eliot
  • Her self-doubt was grappled by a stronger will and a stronger conviction than her own.

    Romola George Eliot
  • Now indeed I felt a sickness of self-doubt, for the wash of the invisible sea never had come to me until tonight.

    The Thing from the Lake Eleanor M. Ingram
British Dictionary definitions for self-doubt

self-doubt

noun
1.
the act or state of doubting oneself
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