Origin of suspect

1250–1300; Middle English (adj.) < Latin suspectāre, equivalent to su- su- + spectāre, frequentative of specere to look at

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British Dictionary definitions for unsuspecting (1 of 2)

unsuspecting

/ (ˌʌnsəˈspɛktɪŋ) /

adjective

disposed to trust; not suspicious; trusting

Derived Forms

unsuspectingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for unsuspecting (2 of 2)

suspect


verb (səˈspɛkt)

(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

noun (ˈsʌspɛkt)

a person who is under suspicion

adjective (ˈsʌspɛkt)

causing or open to suspicion

Derived Forms

suspecter, nounsuspectless, adjective

Word Origin for suspect

C14: from Latin suspicere to mistrust, from sub- + specere to look
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