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[self-kwes-chuh-ning, self-] /ˌsɛlfˈkwɛs tʃə nɪŋ, ˈsɛlf-/
review or scrutiny of one's own motives or behavior.
Origin of self-questioning
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for self-questioning
Historical Examples
  • For hours I tossed and turned in self-questioning, self-accusing fury.

  • No self-questioning and no sting of conscience had any part in it.

    The King's Mirror Anthony Hope
  • I think it not inconsistent with obedience, humility, deference, and self-questioning.

    A Critic in Pall Mall Oscar Wilde
  • The self-questioning had shocked him back into a state of grace.

    Gargoyles Ben Hecht
  • She was forced into a strange, painful, self-questioning mood.

    The Galaxy Various
  • It must have been a knot of perpetual doubt and self-questioning.

  • Then suddenly his ever self-questioning mind would demand of him, "Why are you doing nothing, then?"

    Claire Leslie Burton Blades
  • Here was the climax of these days of misery and self-questioning that had passed since the trial in Westminster Hall.

    By What Authority? Robert Hugh Benson
  • Too often the sable robes of night dissemble sleeplessness, remorse, regret, self-questioning.

    Pagan Papers Kenneth Grahame
  • The centres of civilization seethe, as it were, and are ebullient with the agitation of the self-questioning heart.

British Dictionary definitions for self-questioning


doubting or questioning oneself or one's abilities
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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