dis·​trust·​ful | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈtrəs(t)-fəl How to pronounce distrustful (audio) \

Definition of distrustful

: having or showing distrust

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distrustfully \ (ˌ)dis-​ˈtrəs(t)-​fə-​lē How to pronounce distrustfully (audio) \ adverb
distrustfulness noun

Examples of distrustful in a Sentence

she was distrustful of her boyfriend's claim of having saved the kitten from a raging fire naturally distrustful of politicians who claim to have all the answers
Recent Examples on the Web The fallout from the worst disaster in Puerto Rico's history and last summer's political convulsions that resulted in upheaval and the ouster of a governor has left a population traumatized and distrustful of government at all levels. Author: Arelis R. Hernández, Cristina Corujo, Anchorage Daily News, "Aftershocks again rattle Puerto Rico as residents deal with disaster after disaster," 12 Jan. 2020 But the droid Mando's been so distrustful of all this time becomes his savior. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, "The Mandalorian recap: Chapter 8 ‘Redemption’," 27 Dec. 2019 Kevon Barnes, 19, was one of five people who had planned to rob a drug dealer, only to become distrustful of each other. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "12 years for the lesser shooter in a double homicide among friends," 25 Nov. 2019 About 7 in 10 male and female officers reject the notion that officers have reason to be distrustful of most citizens. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Male police superintendents haven’t been all that great in Chicago. It’s time to give a woman a chance.," 11 Dec. 2019 The cancellation sparked criticism from lawmakers already distrustful of the company for its close business ties with China. Sarah Min, CBS News, "TikTok draws fire after canceling meetings with U.S. lawmakers," 11 Dec. 2019 The evolution of America from a broadly prosperous, institution-trusting, socially cohesive society to one that is distrustful and polarized does not easily lend itself to a single, thematic explanation. Steven Pearlstein, Washington Post, "As Big Business evolved, did it doom the American Dream?," 31 Oct. 2019 In the first half, the disorganized and distrustful Cavs had just seven assists on 19 made shots. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cavaliers strive to emulate Celtics’ style as Brad Stevens gushes about John Beilein, Cleveland’s growth," 6 Nov. 2019 Some supporters are distrustful of Hartford’s institutional Democrats and their status quo, or looking for balance after decades of Democratic state leadership. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "With a camera as his soap box, J. Stan McCauley makes a final run for Hartford mayor," 19 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of distrustful

1589, in the meaning defined above

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30 Jan 2020

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“Distrustful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distrustful. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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