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 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

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The surveillance has severely interfered with her ability to minister to migrant and refugee communities who have fled violence and corruption and are distrustful of the government, according to the lawsuit. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pastor sues DHS over government surveillance program targeting migrant advocates," 9 July 2019 The Mad King became paranoid and distrustful, particularly of his Hand. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Every Clue That Daenerys Targaryen Was Always Destined to Become the Mad Queen in 'Game of Thrones'," 13 May 2019 Painfully insecure, fearful of flying and perennially distrustful of those surrounding her, Ms. Franklin never let her psychological challenges overtake her performances. Marc Myers, WSJ, "Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, Dies," 16 Aug. 2018 Users there are accountable to admins, who can ban bad or distrustful sellers, and help buyers who’ve had difficulties contact Facebook. Kim Komando, Fox News, "3 new online marketplaces better than Craigslist," 22 July 2018 Many retailers are still distrustful of how Amazon uses customer data and changes item prices. Khadeeja Safdar, WSJ, "J.Crew Alters Amazon Approach, Will Sell Some Items on the Site," 5 Sep. 2018 Potential talks with North Korea about abandoning its nuclear weapons were expected to be an incentive for Trump to stay in the Iran deal, so as not to make Kim distrustful of U.S. intentions. Carol Morello, Washington Post, "Pompeo says Kim Jong Un doesn’t care if U.S. leaves Iran deal," 29 Apr. 2018 Ranallo had experimented with various prescriptions but grew distrustful of the pharmaceutical industry. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "The 'Bipolar Rock 'N' Roller' calls some of combat sports' biggest events. But his real fight is against the stigma of mental illness," 23 May 2018 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

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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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