If you have misgivings about something, it means you're worried that it's not a good idea. Trying to fall asleep the night before a test, you might have misgivings about having studied so little.

Misgivings are feelings of doubt you experience about something before you do it. As you get closer to the time you actually get on the airplane, you might begin to have misgivings about traveling far away to go to college, or you might have misgivings about joining the army to pay for your education.

Definitions of misgiving

n uneasiness about the fitness of an action

qualm, scruple
Type of:
a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune

n painful expectation

Type of:
expectation, outlook, prospect
belief about (or mental picture of) the future

n doubt about someone's honesty

distrust, mistrust, suspicion
Type of:
doubt, doubtfulness, dubiety, dubiousness, incertitude, uncertainty
the state of being unsure of something

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