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 Records show Isaiah Maza, 18, was booked into the Multnomah County jail on suspicion of first-degree trespassing. oregonlive, "Teens break into furnished Portland rental, throw Halloween ‘rager,’ then plan 2nd night, cops and neighbors say," 8 Nov. 2019 Galison was booked into a Maricopa County jail on suspicion of child abuse and then granted supervised released from custody without bail, according to proceedings from Galison's initial court appearance. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "MCSO: Sun City West man admits child abuse during test for employment as deputy sheriff," 7 Nov. 2019 Police had arrested her on suspicion of elder abuse. Jason Pohl, ProPublica, "A Jail Increased Extreme Isolation to Stop Suicides. More People Killed Themselves.," 5 Nov. 2019 He is being held on suspicion of felony murder and second-degree kidnapping. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Man arrested Tuesday as suspect in Lakewood motel homicide over the weekend," 5 Nov. 2019 Its coach, Jason Gardner, had been found asleep at the wheel of his car and arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "Byron Rimm trying to steady IUPUI basketball after turbulent offseason," 4 Nov. 2019 The patrol said the stop happened Tuesday night when the driver of the SUV was pulled over on suspicion of having an obscured license plate. USA TODAY, "Pooch hit by car goes for ride, manatee rescued, unusual toilet paper roller: News from around our 50 states," 1 Nov. 2019 The 25-year-old driver of the truck remains in custody on suspicion of murder. Danica Kirka, chicagotribune.com, "4th person arrested as investigation into 39 people found dead in a truck in England deepens," 25 Oct. 2019 Their visit with Erdogan was viewed with deep suspicion by prosecutors in the Southern District of New York, who asked the presiding federal judge to examine the lawyers' role in the case. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump asked Tillerson to help broker deal to end U.S. prosecution of Turkish trader represented by Giuliani," 11 Oct. 2019

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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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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of suspicion was in the 14th century

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suspicion

noun
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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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