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noun sus·pi·cion \sə-ˈspi-shən\

Simple Definition of suspicion

  • : a feeling that someone is possibly guilty of a crime or of doing something wrong

  • : a feeling that something bad is likely or true

  • : a feeling of doubt

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of suspicion

  1. 1a :  the act or an instance of suspecting something wrong without proof or on slight evidence :  mistrustb :  a state of mental uneasiness and uncertainty :  doubt

  2. 2 :  a barely detectable amount :  trace <just a suspicion of garlic>

Examples of suspicion in a sentence

  1. There has long been a suspicion that the painting is a fake.

  2. I thought the water might be making us sick, and my suspicions were confirmed by the lab tests.

  3. The note aroused her suspicions that he was having an affair.

  4. I have a sneaking suspicion that those cookies aren't really homemade.

  5. The new policies are regarded by many with suspicion.

  6. His story has raised some suspicion.

  7. I have my suspicions about his motives.

Origin and Etymology of suspicion

Middle English suspecioun, from Anglo-French, from Latin suspicion-, suspicio, from suspicere to suspect — more at suspect

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of suspicion

uncertainty, doubt, dubiety, skepticism, suspicion, mistrust mean lack of sureness about someone or something. uncertainty may range from a falling short of certainty to an almost complete lack of conviction or knowledge especially about an outcome or result <assumed the role of manager without hesitation or uncertainty>. doubt suggests both uncertainty and inability to make a decision <plagued by doubts as to what to do>. dubiety stresses a wavering between conclusions <felt some dubiety about its practicality>. skepticism implies unwillingness to believe without conclusive evidence <an economic forecast greeted with skepticism>. suspicion stresses lack of faith in the truth, reality, fairness, or reliability of something or someone <regarded the stranger with suspicion>. mistrust implies a genuine doubt based upon suspicion <had a great mistrust of doctors>.



transitive verb sus·pi·cion

Definition of suspicion



play \-ˈspi-sh(ə-)niŋ\

chiefly dialect

  1. :  suspect

Examples of suspicion in a sentence

  1. <no one will ever suspicion that I'm the one who pulled the prank>

Circa 1637

First Known Use of suspicion

circa 1637

SUSPICION Defined for Kids


noun sus·pi·cion \sə-ˈspi-shən\

Definition of suspicion for Students

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of suspecting or the state of being suspected <The elderly man was above suspicion.>

  2. 2 :  a feeling that something is wrong :  doubt <I have my suspicions about him.>

Law Dictionary


noun sus·pi·cion

Legal Definition of suspicion

  1. :  the act or an instance of suspecting something :  a mental state usually short of belief in which one entertains a notion that something is wrong or that a fact exists without proof or on slight evidence — see also reasonable suspicion



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