Definition of misgiving in English:



usually misgivings
  • A feeling of doubt or apprehension about the outcome or consequences of something.

    ‘we have misgivings about the way the campaign is being run’
    mass noun ‘I felt a sense of misgiving at the prospect of retirement’
    • ‘Chief among these misgivings is a suspicion that the new system is about putting a brake on the capacity of patients to make trouble.’
    • ‘Maybe I'm just getting old… and despite my misgivings you will notice I have been watching!’
    • ‘But despite all these misgivings, I must confess I fell for the movie hook, line and sinker.’
    • ‘They are either in a minority or they are silent about their misgivings.’
    • ‘There are - to put it no more strongly - serious misgivings among members of the EU.’
    • ‘He couldn't help having misgivings about the easy taxonomy to which he found himself resorting.’
    • ‘She admitted she had grave misgivings about passing such a sentence, but said she was prepared to give the defendant a chance.’
    • ‘There have been misgivings and bad omens in the city for months.’
    • ‘Most of the misgivings I've heard from those familiar with the book have come back to how short the film is.’
    • ‘They may cite religion or culture, but the roots of their misgivings go even deeper.’
    • ‘As the trip progressed, many in the group confessed they had travelled to China with misgivings.’
    • ‘Despite the misgivings of experts, global demand for the U.S. dollar remains strong.’
    • ‘Several residents attended a meeting of the development control committee to express their misgivings.’
    • ‘But there have to be serious misgivings about how often he will be ready to put his vulnerable body in the firing line.’
    • ‘I was dismayed by their lack of confidence in the world's safest form of travel but understood their misgivings.’
    • ‘The absence of an Iraqi government was a source of bitterness and misgivings.’
    • ‘The battle brought to the fore misgivings about the war in Scotland.’
    • ‘Only after retirement or moves to other jobs do they become willing to express their misgivings.’
    • ‘Despite my misgivings, I picked up a box of these today when I filled the new prescription.’
    • ‘After living with this album for a couple of months, my initial misgivings have been dispelled.’
    qualm, doubt, reservation, scruple
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