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

Definition of distrustful

: having or showing distrust

Other Words from distrustful

distrustfully \ (ˌ)dis-​ˈtrəs(t)-​fə-​lē How to pronounce distrustful (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 Kings County District Attorney’s office had attempted buybacks before, but people were distrustful. Adam Iscoe, The New Yorker, 6 June 2022 Many remain concerned about safety, liability and cybersecurity and, overall, a variety of studies have found that consumers are still distrustful of the technology. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 June 2022 Claiming to represent the common man, Jackson was distrustful of experts and elites and held on to a fading agrarian vision of America. Barbara Spindel, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 June 2022 Americans are distrustful of big business, unions, public schools and organized religion. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 May 2022 Republicans in this battleground state are generally distrustful of the outcome of the last presidential election and energized to vote in this year's midterms, according to recent polling by the Marquette University Law School. Molly Beck, Journal Sentinel, 20 May 2022 The episode shows that Amazon’s road to dominance in India runs through a hostile regulatory environment that is increasingly distrustful of American tech giants and a legal system that can sometimes make enforcing contracts difficult. Megha Mandavia, WSJ, 21 Mar. 2022 The bad news is that this far into the pandemic, communication is still floundering in the face of a public that is increasingly distrustful of scientists and federal health agencies. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, 6 Mar. 2022 But this movement is also generally distrustful of all kinds of élites. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 15 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of distrustful

1589, in the meaning defined above

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“Distrustful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distrustful. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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