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

Definition of distrustful

: having or showing distrust

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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 Local therapists, distrustful of Talkspace and frustrated they hadn’t been consulted on how best to serve the community, were aghast. Mario Aguilar, STAT, "Inside the battle over Talkspace and a grand experiment in mental health," 30 Mar. 2021 In many ways, the vaccination program is a litmus test for nations with large indigenous groups that feel marginalized and distrustful of government policy. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "Indigenous Australians Are Skeptical About Covid-19 Vaccines, and They’re Hard to Reach," 27 Mar. 2021 When those employees learned they had been kept in the dark for months, some, including Ms. Pinnamaneni and Mr. Vogt, were distrustful of the organizers. New York Times, "What Really Happened at ‘Reply All’?," 11 Mar. 2021 The report also said that several potent online conspiracies are showing signs of merging into a broader populist, anti-government movement distrustful of outsiders and traditional sources of authority. Washington Post, "With Trump gone, QAnon groups focus fury on attacking coronavirus vaccines," 11 Mar. 2021 Shamir is profoundly distrustful, while Assad questions whether the Syrians should be making peace with the Israelis at all. Daphne Merkin, The New Republic, "The Human Factor Tallies the What Ifs of Israel-Palestine Peace Talks," 8 Feb. 2021 Surveys also show minority groups, distrustful of the health care system, are particularly skeptical of the vaccines. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "With U.S. likely next to authorize a COVID-19 vaccine, soldier from Ellicott City urges Marylanders, Americans to take it," 10 Dec. 2020 But that simply doesn’t play well when you are being closely analyzed by a frightened and distrustful public. Shira Doron, STAT, "To defeat Covid-19, we must acknowledge the fear it engenders," 9 Dec. 2020 The hidebound sport of football has been slower than most to accept the findings of the data army, with longtime coaches and executives generally distrustful of those who didn’t play at a high level. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "Friday Night Bytes: Can Analytics Revolutionize High School Football?," 5 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of distrustful

1589, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of distrustful was in 1589

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4 Apr 2021

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“Distrustful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distrustful. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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