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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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  • Ra'hel's face resumed its expression of trustfulness; she no longer doubted her lover.

  • Her eyes followed him about full of trustfulness, of admiration, of gratitude, and of love.

    The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
  • Altogether Mr. Hales did not look like a man overgiven to trustfulness.

    Stepsons of Light Eugene Manlove Rhodes
  • No doubt, no fear assailed him all was peace and trustfulness.

    Eric, or Little by Little Frederic W. Farrar
  • Nor shall we ever forget the cheeriness or trustfulness of all that hospital, and especially of the officers' ward.

    Elsie Inglis Eva Shaw McLaren
  • But honor and rectitude, clear-sightedness and trustfulness in life were fast returning.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • The credulity and trustfulness of our Government toward the enemy passed belief.

    The Secret Service. Albert D. Richardson
  • Her face was full of trustfulness, happiness, and consciousness—but she spoke no word.

    Under the Redwoods Bret Harte
  • As a link between goodness and meekness, trustfulness, and nothing else, appears to be in place.

  • She abandoned herself to her profound happiness with the trustfulness of a child.

    Prince Zilah, Complete Jules Claretie
British Dictionary definitions for trustfulness


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 trustfulness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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