To qualm is to feel a sense of hesitation or fear. You might qualm about doing something because you are not sure if it is the right thing to do.

  • I had a qualm about going on the trip, but my friend talked me into it.

  • The qualm he had about the decision to go to war was quickly replaced by fear.

Definition of qualm


a mild state of nausea


queasiness, squeamishness


uneasiness about the fitness of an action


misgiving, scruple

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Example Sentences for qualm

  • 1

    I have only one qualm.

  • 2

    This is the only qualm I have with the article.

  • 3

    My qualm is due to the restriction of the character names.

  • 4

    My qualm is over the restriction of the character names.

  • 5

    No qualms over giving the keys to the mop cupboard.

  • 6

    They included the work of others in their work without qualm.

  • 7

    I was in the process of amending the article to appease your qualms with it.

  • 8

    One more unfortunate qualm with this mouse is that it is right hand exclusive.

  • 9

    I have no qualms anymore about the tone of the wroding in the article.

  • 10

    Her only qualm is how exactly they came up with a specific estimate.