- to believe to be guilty, false, counterfeit, undesirable, defective, bad, etc., with little or no proof: to suspect a person of murder.
- to doubt or mistrust: I suspect his motives.
- to believe to be the case or to be likely or probable; surmise: I suspect his knowledge did not amount to much.
- to have some hint or foreknowledge of: I think she suspected the surprise.
- to believe something, especially something evil or wrong, to be the case; have suspicion.
- a person who is suspected, especially one suspected of a crime, offense, or the like.
- suspected; open to or under suspicion.
Origin of suspect
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Examples from the Web for unsuspecting
Some are eventually re-gifted to unsuspecting relatives or friends.Pope Francis Raffles Off His Swag to Help the Poor
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November 18, 2014
He was one of the first great modern day ad-libbers, unleashing all-out joke assaults on unsuspecting audiences.Robin Williams, Hollywood’s Grand Jester, Is Dead at 63
August 12, 2014
Like any massively successful property, the Turtles eventually began influencing its audience in unsuspecting ways.How the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Inadvertently Caused an Environmental Crisis
August 5, 2014
In Afghanistan, Gibbs started to teach his soldiers how to “drop weapon” on unsuspecting civilians.‘Kill Team’: The Documentary the Army Doesn’t Want You to See
July 26, 2014
Yes, and a terrible lie—designed to gull money from a generous, unsuspecting public.Colonel of Truth: The KFC Hoax and the Idiocy of Crowdfunding for Bullying Victims
June 25, 2014
After dinner the Little Doctor spoke to the unsuspecting critics.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
She had been generous, and unsuspecting, and for this she was betrayed and abandoned.Gomez Arias
Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
Like my father, I was open, guileless, unsuspecting—and it destroyed me.
Recklessly, then, that unsuspecting fellow stepped into the trap.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
For this you cultivated the good graces of an unsuspecting old man.Melomaniacs
- disposed to trust; not suspicious; trusting
- (tr) to believe guilty of a specified offence without proof
- (tr) to think false, questionable, etcshe suspected his sincerity
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to surmise to be the case; think probableto suspect fraud
- (intr) to have suspicion
- a person who is under suspicion
- causing or open to suspicion
Word Origin and History for unsuspecting
mid-14c., from Old French suspect "suspicious," from Latin suspectus "suspected, suspicious," past participle of suspicere "look up at, mistrust, suspect," from sub "up to" + specere "to look at" (see scope (n.1)). The notion is of "look at secretly," hence, "look at distrustfully." The verb is attested from late 15c.; the noun meaning "a suspected person" is first recorded 1590s. Related: Suspected; suspecting.