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 distrustfully (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 coalition’s effort is meant to build trust for images that feature transparent data and be more distrustful of pictures of unknown provenance. Nico Grant, Bloomberg.com, "Adobe Unveils Authentication Tool in Battle Against Deepfakes," 20 Oct. 2020 The slowdown in the mail this year, and the moves by the new postmaster general to cut expenses, have made many people distrustful of the mail. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, "How to vote by mail in Florida — and make sure your vote gets counted," 26 Sep. 2020 The patchwork of official notices fed confusion for those who lived and worked in the fire’s path, including older residents who are distrustful of government or technology, or both, and immigrants who speak little or no English. Jim Tankersley, New York Times, "Some in the Path of Oregon’s Wildfires Never Got Evacuation Alerts," 25 Sep. 2020 A half-dozen stayed behind, apparently distrustful of the offer. Kate Santich, orlandosentinel.com, "Families rescued from decrepit Kissimmee motel; nonprofit eyes buying hotel for affordable housing," 16 Sep. 2020 Yet many vulnerable Black seniors are deeply distrustful of government and health care institutions, complicating efforts to mitigate the pandemic's impact. Judith Graham, CNN, "Elderly, ill and Black in a pandemic: 'I'm doing everything I can not to get this virus'," 1 Sep. 2020 Some Black and Latino voters are distrustful of mail voting, surveys show. Rachel Glickhouse, ProPublica, "Electionland 2020: Nursing Home Voting, Election Guides, Creative Enfranchisement and More," 27 Aug. 2020 Black Americans, in particular, have reason to be distrustful of clinical research, partly as a consequence of the Tuskegee study. Charles Schmidt, Scientific American, "‘Warp Speed’ COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts Aim for Diverse Volunteers and Long-Lasting Protection," 25 Aug. 2020 Those same Democrats are deeply distrustful of Trump and his handling of the coronavirus. Rick Rouan, The Enquirer, "Ohio Democrats confident in Biden heading into digital national convention," 17 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of distrustful

1589, in the meaning defined above

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24 Oct 2020

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“Distrustful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distrustful. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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