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[self-dout] /ˈsɛlfˈdaʊt/
lack of confidence in the reliability of one's own motives, personality, thought, etc.
Origin of self-doubt
First recorded in 1840-50
Related forms
self-doubting, adjective Unabridged
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  • 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
  • I seem to detect a sort of self-doubt—as though she feared making some error.

    Robert Orange John Oliver Hobbes
  • Peter was very tender-hearted, very sympathetic, very prone to self-doubt.

    The Dull Miss Archinard Anne Douglas Sedgwick
British Dictionary definitions for self-doubt


the act or state of doubting oneself
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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