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[truhst-fuh l] /ˈtrʌst fəl/
full of trust; free of distrust, suspicion, or the like; confiding:
a trustful friend.
Origin of trustful
First recorded in 1570-80; trust + -ful
Related forms
trustfully, adverb
trustfulness, noun
overtrustful, adjective
overtrustfully, adverb
overtrustfulness, noun
untrustful, adjective
untrustfully, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for trustful
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  • She smiled upon him, her head high, her eyes tender and trustful.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • How trustful and generous in him to bestow all this confidence in me.

  • I feel that I have been culpably negligent, and altogether too trustful.'

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • Their glance was guileless, profound, confident, and trustful.

    Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
  • She has the most trustful eyes of any human being that ever walked this earth.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • She will marry some day, he had said—and your eyes were trustful.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • She thanked him with a trustful word, and the coroner began.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
  • This message he sent to the preacher by a trustful servant, Joshua.

    The Kentucky Ranger Edward T. Curnick
  • Viola, returning, extended her hand to Morton with a trustful smile.

    The Tyranny of the Dark Hamlin Garland
  • Judith went home with elastic step and lifted, trustful face.

    Judith Lynn Annie Hamilton Donnell
British Dictionary definitions for trustful


characterized by a tendency or readiness to trust others
Derived Forms
trustfully, trustingly, adverb
trustfulness, trustingness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for trustful

1570s, "trustworthy," from trust (n.) + -ful. Meaning "trusting" attested from 1832. Related: Trustfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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