dis·​trust·​ful (ˌ)dis-ˈtrəs(t)-fəl How to pronounce distrustful (audio)
: having or showing distrust
distrustfully 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 authorities are slow to act and, as the death toll mounts, people grow depressed, distrustful, violent. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, 5 May 2024 We’re already primed to be distrustful of politicians and public trust in official accounts and expert opinion has been continuously eroded. Rafael Perez, Orange County Register, 12 Apr. 2024 One side says the vulnerability of voting machines and delay in election results is what makes the system distrustful. Amanda Luberto, The Arizona Republic, 27 Mar. 2024 Several members of his family have distanced themselves from his controversial views and continued expressing support for Biden in the 2024 election, as Kennedy targets voters who are distrustful of media, corporations and the government. Virginia Chamlee, Peoplemag, 26 Mar. 2024 Suggesting otherwise risks leaving the public generally and patient populations specifically distrustful of a medical revolution that’s always just over the horizon. WIRED, 4 Sep. 2023 Efforts to build trust within the community — which tended to be fearful and distrustful of the police department — eventually paid off, and achieving zero homicides in 2023 is a testament to that, Liu said. Ryan MacAsero, The Mercury News, 5 Jan. 2024 More contentious is an unproven theory cited by some experts that amid the social unrest that followed the murder of Mr. Floyd, officers in some places pulled back from enforcement and some citizens, distrustful of law enforcement, stopped working with police. Tim Arango, New York Times, 20 July 2023 South Koreans, distrustful of traditional media, have increasingly migrated to YouTube and other online sources for news. Choe Sang-Hun, New York Times, 10 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1589, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of distrustful was in 1589

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“Distrustful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distrustful. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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