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 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 Early efforts to vaccinate people at large facilities such as Dodger Stadium, with assistance from police and National Guard members, is off-putting to distrustful people, Blackstock said. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, 25 Feb. 2021 According to advocates, some inmates who are refusing a vaccine are distrustful of medical services in their prisons. Casey Tolan, CNN, 30 Sep. 2021 Survey after survey shows that Republicans tend to be more distrustful of government, of science, and so on. Brian Stelter, CNN, 1 Sep. 2021 Most victims of far-right violence are deeply distrustful of the police. Robert Evans, Rolling Stone, 14 Sep. 2021 Though there are hopes that the formal Food and Drugs Administration approval of the Pfizer vaccine would increase vaccination rates, Lincoln said those who were already distrustful of official institutions may remain hesitant. Hyeyoon (alyssa) Choi, ABC News, 5 Sep. 2021 Italian soccer remains a culture that is deeply distrustful of youth. New York Times, 10 June 2021 Much of the Afghan public remains deeply distrustful, given the harshness of the Taliban’s last government. New York Times, 1 Sep. 2021 Much of the Afghan public remains deeply distrustful, given the harshness of the Taliban’s last government. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Sep. 2021

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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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“Distrustful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distrustful. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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