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  1. not regarded or considered with suspicion: unsuspected in the crime.
  2. not imagined to exist: a person of unsuspected talents.
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Origin of unsuspected

First recorded in 1520–30; un-1 + suspect + -ed2
Related formsun·sus·pect·ed·ly, adverbun·sus·pect·ed·ness, noun
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  • He passed on unsuspected and deadly, like a pest in the street full of men.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • It may be that the future will reveal creative ability in them as yet unsuspected.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • Until a master has detected it the presence of it may be unsuspected.

    The Meaning of Evolution

    Samuel Christian Schmucker

  • The unreturned and unsuspected and I presume wicked love I felt for you.

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley

  • With unsuspected coquetry she suggested: “Why not your wife?”

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley

British Dictionary definitions for unsuspected


  1. not under suspicion
  2. not known to exist
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Derived Formsunsuspectedly, adverbunsuspectedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unsuspected


1520s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of suspect (v.).

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