[self-kwes-chuh-ning, self-]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-questioning

Historical Examples of self-questioning

  • 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.

  • The self-questioning had shocked him back into a state of grace.


    Ben Hecht

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

    The Galaxy


British Dictionary definitions for self-questioning



doubting or questioning oneself or one's abilities
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