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 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 Of those markets, Central Florida had the highest rate of survey respondents who were distrustful of vaccines, which also included people in pockets of Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Texas, Kentucky and North Carolina. Ryan Gillespie, orlandosentinel.com, "AdventHealth survey finds Central Floridians falling for misinformation," 5 May 2021 Overall, Rottinghaus said, voters are distrustful of the voting process because fraud cases are amplified by politicians and the news media, and because voting happens so infrequently that few voters understand the process. James Barragán, Dallas News, "‘How much fraud is OK?’: In voter fraud debate, Republicans have a trump card," 12 Apr. 2021 Majorities were distrustful of Newsom’s leadership in other regions of the state, including San Diego County, Orange County, the Inland Empire and the Central Valley. Los Angeles Times, "California’s COVID-19 death toll surpasses 60,000 even as conditions improve," 11 Apr. 2021 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

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First Known Use of distrustful

1589, in the meaning defined above

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10 May 2021

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“Distrustful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distrustful. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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