un·​sus·​pect·​ing | \ ˌən-sə-ˈspek-tiŋ \

Definition of unsuspecting

: unaware of any danger or threat : not suspecting unsuspecting victims

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unsuspectingly adverb

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This type of scam typically targets unsuspecting seniors, police said. Steve Burns, ajc, "‘Grandma scam’ cost Alpharetta woman $17,000," 7 June 2018 By planting a few lines of code on the websites, the attackers invisibly plucked computer usernames and passwords from unsuspecting visitors, according to government briefings on the attack and security experts who have reviewed the malicious code. Rebecca Smith And Rob Barry, WSJ, "America’s Electric Grid Has a Vulnerable Back Door—and Russia Walked Through It," 10 Jan. 2019 In another Instagram post, Gwen captured the sweet moment her boyfriend surprised an unsuspecting fan in the casino. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Gwen Stefani Posts Intimate New Year's Photo With Boyfriend Blake Shelton," 2 Jan. 2019 These statistics do not begin to tally incidents in which a person with dementia waves a gun at an unsuspecting neighbor or a terrified home health aide. NBC News, "Unlocked And loaded: Families confront dementia and guns," 26 June 2018 Often, the differences are slight and difficult to detect for the unsuspecting user. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How platforms are driving users to misinformation about mail bombs," 27 Oct. 2018 The final room of the show presents surveillance footage, sent in by Eckhaus Latta’s retail partners, of unsuspecting shoppers leafing through their last collection. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "A Museum Show Where the Exhibits Are for Sale," 6 Aug. 2018 Two unsuspecting Publix shoppers in Gainesville returned to the parking lot and got in their car. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "They were shopping at Publix. He was lying in wait in their backseat, cops say | Miami Herald," 21 May 2018 Earlier this year, The Verge published a feature on the damage done by a bad health care algorithm that had cut care for unsuspecting individuals. Chris Welch, The Verge, "NYCLU sues ICE over changes to immigrant risk assessment algorithm," 12 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of unsuspecting

1595, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unsuspecting was in 1595

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English Language Learners Definition of unsuspecting

: not knowing about or expecting something bad that is going to happen or that could happen


un·​sus·​pect·​ing | \ ˌən-sə-ˈspek-tiŋ\

Kids Definition of unsuspecting

: without suspicion

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