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 Clinicians distrustful of opaque corporate systems are undertaking actions to try to regain control, ranging from retirement to opening concierge practices to unionizing. Marisha Burden and Luci K. Leykum, STAT, 25 June 2024 Truman, however, distrustful of Wallace for his naïveté about the Soviets, later dismissed him. Howard Husock, New York Daily News, 14 May 2024 The past as future Analysts are rightly distrustful of politicians who use history as a manipulative tool for pursuing political, social, or military ends. Georgiy Kasianov, Foreign Affairs, 4 May 2022 If police are slow to come when the community calls, that could also make residents feel unsafe and distrustful. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for distrustful 

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Word History

First Known Use

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 14 Jul. 2024.

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