un·​sus·​pect·​ing | \ ˌən-sə-ˈspek-tiŋ How to pronounce unsuspecting (audio) \

Definition of unsuspecting

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

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Other Words from unsuspecting

unsuspectingly adverb

Examples of unsuspecting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But a nonprofit dealing with violence against women has identified one situation where the AirTags can be used to track unsuspecting victims without triggering the protection that Apple has in place to prevent stalking. Chris Smith, BGR, "One scary way that Apple’s new AirTag trackers can be abused," 30 Apr. 2021 Cox plays Gail, the best friend of a grieving woman (Carrie Mulligan) furiously seeking retribution from a past rape by targeting unsuspecting sleazy men. Kathleen Newman-bremang, refinery29.com, "“We’re Collectively Traumatised:” Laverne Cox On Promising Young Woman And Surviving 2020," 21 Dec. 2020 The same section explains that iOS devices will detect a foreign tracker traveling with an iOS device owner to prevent people from tracking unsuspecting victims (as seen above). Chris Smith, BGR, "Here’s how AirTag works with Android," 21 Apr. 2021 Four-hundred and seventy-four defendants were charged with criminal offenses related to fraudulent schemes that attempted to obtain over $569 million from the U.S. government and unsuspecting victims, the department said on Friday. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Justice Department charges 400 people with trying to swindle $500M in COVID-19 scams," 26 Mar. 2021 This forced the district to put out a statement that the students were unsuspecting participants who fulfilled their duties with the best of intentions. John Benson, cleveland, "Volunteering Valley Forge High School students caught up in failed Easter egg business venture," 9 Apr. 2021 John Christopher Colletti, 56, pleaded guilty to wire and identity fraud for his plot that enabled him to swindle more than $125,740 from unsuspecting gamblers at multiple casinos in two states. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "Harper Woods man wore prosthetic face masks in $100,000 casino fraud scheme," 7 Apr. 2021 With the number of Roku users now surpassing 51 million users, the platform has become an attractive target for scammers looking to take advantage of unsuspecting users. Yoni Heisler, BGR, "If you have a Roku player and see this message, report it right away," 7 Apr. 2021 His campaign, meanwhile, turned to deceptive design to bump up donations from unsuspecting Americans, the New York Times reports. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, "How to spot design traps like the “money bomb” Trump used to dupe supporters," 4 Apr. 2021

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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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6 May 2021

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“Unsuspecting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsuspecting. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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