[ self-kwes-chuh-ning, self- ]
See synonyms for: self-questioningself-questionings on

  1. review or scrutiny of one's own motives or behavior.

Origin of self-questioning

First recorded in 1860–65

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

How to use self-questioning in a sentence

  • Such moments of clear self-questioning were of course rare, but the nerve-fretting problems always existed.

    Human Nature In Politics | Graham Wallas
  • The centres of civilization seethe, as it were, and are ebullient with the agitation of the self-questioning heart.

  • Women who lead contemplative and sedentary lives are overmuch given to this sort of morbid self-questioning.

    Heriot's Choice | Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • And he was almost bewildered by the strange answer that had come to his self-questioning.

    A Soldier of the Legion | C. N. Williamson
  • Away went Budge, and Mrs. Burton devoted herself to thought and self-questioning.

British Dictionary definitions for self-questioning


  1. doubting or questioning oneself or one's abilities

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