suspicion

noun
sus·​pi·​cion | \ sə-ˈspi-shən How to pronounce suspicion (audio) \

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 How to pronounce suspicioning (audio) \

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

Its healthy suspicion of assembly-line entertainment leads to an industrial-rock happy ending. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Best Episode of the New “Black Mirror” Is a Princess Tale Starring Miley Cyrus," 5 June 2019 Art historian Sandra Zetina contacted him about her suspicion that fluid dynamics played a role in Siqueiros' techniques. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: modern masters like Jackson Pollock were “intuitive physicists”," 26 Dec. 2018 Her comments confirm many people's worst suspicions about the event-- that she was being exploited for viral fame unknowingly, and unwillingly, to tragic ends. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "Unidentified Plane Bae Woman's Statement Confirms the Worst," 13 July 2018 But Raney has some suspicions about current trends. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "Training, mental health, growth behind Idaho's spike in police shootings, says expert," 2 July 2018 The enthusiasm over the chase meant that even loose suspicions about all the long balls were met quickly with qualifiers. SI.com, "Exiled by the Cubs, Sammy Sosa Is Enjoying the Life He Wants You to See," 27 June 2018 When Moshe learned that two other members of the renegade group had gone to police with suspicions about the Nation of Yahweh’s involvement in the murder, the response was quick and deadly. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "4 Things You’ll Learn About the Murderous Nation of Yahweh on People Magazine Investigates: Cults," 22 June 2018 Privacy - Terms Police say they were initially called to the home in March after relatives contacted them with suspicions about the death of the baby, according to PennLive. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "Suspicious relatives called police. Cops found a baby's body in kitty litter, police say," 14 June 2018 In the preparations for the summit, the president did not mention the suspicions about Kim ordering the assassination of his half-brother or having his uncle put before a firing squad. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "President Trump on Otto Warmbier: 'Otto did not die in vain'," 12 June 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 How to pronounce suspicion (audio) \

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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