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[self-dout] /ˈsɛlfˈdaʊt/
lack of confidence in the reliability of one's own motives, personality, thought, etc.
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self-doubting, adjective Unabridged
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  • Bridge players haven't always been racked by self-doubt.
  • Sometimes, the vagaries of grading do result in self-doubt.
  • There is a difference between humility and self-doubt.
  • She was racked with self-doubt about her future and had only begun to write the dissertation the year she went on the job market.
  • The slightest look or gesture could send him into a panic of self-doubt.
  • Don't let the executives or your own self-doubt dilute what you want to say.
  • It is one of weakness, self-doubt and the ache of goals still unmet.
  • Lee says he doesn't have self-doubt as much as he needs to start showing his confidence.
  • Her fearlessness seemed to come from a total lack of self-doubt.
  • Of course, many successful politicians are similarly bereft of self-doubt.
British Dictionary definitions for self-doubt


the act or state of doubting oneself
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