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[truhst-fuh l]
  1. full of trust; free of distrust, suspicion, or the like; confiding: a trustful friend.
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Origin of trustful

First recorded in 1570–80; trust + -ful
Related formstrust·ful·ly, adverbtrust·ful·ness, nouno·ver·trust·ful, adjectiveo·ver·trust·ful·ly, adverbo·ver·trust·ful·ness, nounun·trust·ful, adjectiveun·trust·ful·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for trustfulness

Historical Examples

  • The trustfulness of his two fair daughters was beautiful indeed.

    Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit

    Charles Dickens

  • But honor and rectitude, clear-sightedness and trustfulness in life were fast returning.


    Emile Zola

  • What is there on earth so precious as the trustfulness of true friendship?

    A Rent In A Cloud

    Charles James Lever

  • There was a trustfulness in his manner that delighted the Doctor.

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

    The Good Soldier

    Ford Madox Ford

British Dictionary definitions for trustfulness



  1. characterized by a tendency or readiness to trust others
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Derived Formstrustfully or trustingly, adverbtrustfulness or trustingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for trustfulness



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

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