dis·trust·ful | \ -ˈtrəs(t)-fəl \

Definition of distrustful 

: having or showing distrust

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Other words from distrustful

distrustfully \-fə-lē \ 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

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One faction of the magazine, led by Hertzberg, was robustly social democratic and distrustful of military adventurism. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Charles Krauthammer was a crucial New Republic voice for nearly a quarter century. RIP.," 22 June 2018 Initially, locals were understandably distrustful about Chicagoans moving in on their turf with grandiose plans for a fancy resort that would cater to the well-heeled but would distance itself from the community. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: How Sand Valley Golf Resort is transforming central Wisconsin," 30 June 2018 And Misty is not Simone, and so Misty comes from a place of being distrustful. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Luke Cage' Star on Season 2's Cliffhanger: "I Was Extremely Surprised"," 26 June 2018 African-American groups were outraged at the merit board's decision, which exacerbated years-long divides between police officers and an increasingly distrustful portion of the city and led to calls for reform. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "Aaron Bailey family receives $650,000 settlement from Indianapolis," 26 June 2018 Hannah looks back at her with old, sad eyes and an initially distrustful face. Rena Gross, Billboard, "14 Significant Moments From 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 10 'The Last Ceremony'," 20 June 2018 Mohazab said her experiences have left her distrustful of doctors. Nick Watt, CNN, "USC, ex-school gynecologist face lawsuits over alleged inappropriate touching," 23 May 2018 Potential talks with North Korea about Pyongyang abandoning its nuclear weapons were expected to be an incentive for Trump to remain in the Iran deal, so as not to make Kim Jong Un distrustful of US intentions. Carol Morello, BostonGlobe.com, "Pompeo says US is with Israel in fight against Iran," 29 Apr. 2018 Part of it is his personality — always contrarian, distrustful of others, unable to reveal any part of his inner life. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "We Are Scientists," 5 June 2018

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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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