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  1. lack of confidence in the reliability of one's own motives, personality, thought, etc.

Origin of self-doubt

First recorded in 1840–50

Other words from self-doubt

  • self-doubting, adjective

Words Nearby self-doubt Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use self-doubt in a sentence

  • Now indeed I felt a sickness of self-doubt, for the wash of the invisible sea never had come to me until tonight.

    The Thing from the Lake | Eleanor M. Ingram
  • Peter was very tender-hearted, very sympathetic, very prone to self-doubt.

    The Dull Miss Archinard | Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • If he were naturally observant, he would see this; if he were given at all to self-doubt, he would feel it.

    Robert Orange | John Oliver Hobbes
  • Even Hildas morbid self-doubt could not deny the essential truth of this point of view.

    The Dull Miss Archinard | Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • Far from antagonizing, Periors judgment had aroused in her an anxious self-doubt, an anxious respect for her candid critic.

    The Confounding of Camelia | Anne Douglas Sedgwick

British Dictionary definitions for self-doubt


  1. the act or state of doubting oneself

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