trust·​ful ˈtrəst-fəl How to pronounce trustful (audio)
: full of trust : confiding
trustfully adverb
trustfulness noun

Examples of trustful in a Sentence

a trustful child quietly sleeping, sure in the knowledge that his parents would be there when he woke
Recent Examples on the Web Instead of dwelling on disappointments, view them as learning experiences that can refine your judgment in the future and be open to the potential for trustful connections. Mark Travers, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Baldwin mulled over its implications: Was her life fortunate, then desperate, then trustful? Joe Kloc, New York Times, 28 Feb. 2023 For example, there are young climate activists who are distrustful of politicians and maybe older generations but are very trustful of science. Simran Sethi, Wired, 2 Dec. 2021 According to longitudinal surveys, that generation is less trustful of institutions, less likely to say America is the best country in the world, and, according to data from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, less likely to support U.S. military intervention internationally. Stephanie Hanes, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Sep. 2021 Another tactic that can help build trustful cooperation between cofounders is taking time to envision possible negative scenarios. Roman Kumar Vyas, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2023 But a core issue is the tattered state of public health at all levels of government, under-resourced and understaffed for years, as people grew less interested and sometimes less trustful and decision-makers followed suit., 18 Mar. 2021 The twins have their own dynamic, with Lucas more domineering of his brother and less trustful of his mother, whom Elias just wants to love — and be loved by. Michael Nordine, Variety, 15 Sep. 2022 Exhibiting your knowledge and ability effectively is essential; however, understanding and connecting with the human in front of you while appealing to their inherent motivations solidifies the long-term trustful relationship. Amiee Ball, Forbes, 10 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1560, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trustful was in 1560

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“Trustful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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trust·​ful ˈtrəst-fəl How to pronounce trustful (audio)
: full of trust
trustfully adverb

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