suspicion

noun
sus·​pi·​cion | \ sə-ˈspi-shən \

Definition of suspicion 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the act or an instance of suspecting something wrong without proof or on slight evidence : mistrust
b : a state of mental uneasiness and uncertainty : doubt
2 : a barely detectable amount : trace just a suspicion of garlic

suspicion

verb
suspicioned; suspicioning\ sə-​ˈspi-​sh(ə-​)niŋ \

Definition of suspicion (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

chiefly dialectal

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Noun

uncertainty, doubt, dubiety, skepticism, suspicion, mistrust mean lack of sureness about someone or something. uncertainty may range from a falling short of certainty to an almost complete lack of conviction or knowledge especially about an outcome or result. assumed the role of manager without hesitation or uncertainty doubt suggests both uncertainty and inability to make a decision. plagued by doubts as to what to do dubiety stresses a wavering between conclusions. felt some dubiety about its practicality skepticism implies unwillingness to believe without conclusive evidence. an economic forecast greeted with skepticism suspicion stresses lack of faith in the truth, reality, fairness, or reliability of something or someone. regarded the stranger with suspicion mistrust implies a genuine doubt based upon suspicion. had a great mistrust of doctors

Examples of suspicion in a Sentence

Noun

There has long been a suspicion that the painting is a fake. I thought the water might be making us sick, and my suspicions were confirmed by the lab tests. The note aroused her suspicions that he was having an affair. I have a sneaking suspicion that those cookies aren't really homemade. The new policies are regarded by many with suspicion. His story has raised some suspicion. I have my suspicions about his motives.

Verb

no one will ever suspicion that I'm the one who pulled the prank
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Earlier this month, Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada on suspicion of violating US sanctions on Iran, triggering an ongoing international incident. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Slack is banning some users with links to Iran even if they’ve left the country," 20 Dec. 2018 Peter Norbeck was a big, rugged Republican senator from South Dakota, who shared his constituents’ suspicion of banks and financiers. Kevin Baker, The New Republic, "Why America needs truth and reconciliation after Trump," 17 May 2018 Canada arrested the chief financial officer of Huawei on suspicion of violating US sanctions against Iran, according to The Globe and Mail. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Canada arrests top Huawei executive on suspicion of violating Iran sanctions," 5 Dec. 2018 The men are currently being held in the South Placer County Jail on suspicion of a heist from the Apple Store in Roseville’s Westfield Galleria mall. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "California Apple Store robbery gang stole over $1M in goods, cops say," 28 Sep. 2018 The new report highlights deep suspicion of Beijing. Bob Davis, WSJ, "U.S. Trade Representative Criticizes ‘Unfair’ Practices by China," 20 Nov. 2018 That’s led to major suspicions that Riyadh wants a pathway to building nuclear weapons. Alex Ward, Vox, "Exclusive: House Democrat to introduce new bill punishing Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi," 9 Nov. 2018 But if fans’ suspicions do come true one thing is sure: there really is no rest for the wicked. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, ""Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Season 2 Could Premiere on Valentine's Day According to a New Fan Theory," 30 Oct. 2018 Companies seeking new leadership need to quash their automatic suspicion of any candidate who brings a little flash and sizzle to the party. Sam Walker, WSJ, "Goodbye Swaggering CEOs; Hello Mr. Rogers," 3 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of suspicion

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

circa 1637, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for suspicion

Noun

Middle English suspecioun, from Anglo-French, from Latin suspicion-, suspicio, from suspicere to suspect — more at suspect

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suspicion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of suspicion

: a feeling that someone is possibly guilty of a crime or of doing something wrong

: a feeling that something bad is likely or true

: a feeling of doubt

suspicion

noun
sus·​pi·​cion | \ sə-ˈspi-shən \

Kids Definition of suspicion

1 : an act or instance of suspecting or the state of being suspected The elderly man was above suspicion.
2 : a feeling that something is wrong : doubt I have my suspicions about him.

suspicion

noun
sus·​pi·​cion

Legal Definition of suspicion 

: the act or an instance of suspecting something : a mental state usually short of belief in which one entertains a notion that something is wrong or that a fact exists without proof or on slight evidence — see also reasonable suspicion

Other Words from suspicion

suspicionless adjective

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