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

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While the exteriors in Monti are unsuspecting, once inside one is confronted with conversations about art, politics, and where to find the best vegan gelato. Grace Ann Leadbeater, Vogue, "A Roman Holiday-Inspired Trip, for the 21st-Century Princess Ann," 24 July 2018 People of color have been routinely rendered invisible in this industry, in all kinds of ways that can be unsuspecting but are harmful. Marinel De Jesus, Outside Online, "Outdoor Companies: Get Smart About Hiring," 8 June 2018 While most of those players had left town, many others were nearby, and simply unsuspecting of the opportunity. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "With One Spot Left in the French Open, the Race Was On," 28 May 2018 Sood’s wife answered the door and led a team of armed operatives to her naked and unsuspecting husband. Jake Fischer And Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Could a Rogue FBI Agent Derail the NCAA Corruption Probe?," 23 May 2018 Could predatory lending practices affecting veterans also be inflating interest rates paid by thousands of unsuspecting home buyers using FHA loans? Kenneth R. Harney, miamiherald, "Lenders who prey on veterans hurt other home buyers as well | Miami Herald," 12 Feb. 2018 That’s when the unidentified suspect put the unsuspecting man in a chokehold, according to surveillance video obtained by Fox5. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "Video shows robber using chokehold on man in walker before stealing $300, NY cops say | Miami Herald," 24 Apr. 2018 There is nothing quite like athletes or celebrates disguising themselves for the sake of surprising some unsuspecting fans. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "Watch: Kris Bryant Crashes Fantasy Baseball Drafts Dressed As Pizza Delivery Man," 27 Mar. 2018 While unsuspecting fans of Black Panther delivered messages for the movie's star expressing what the box-office behemoth meant, Boseman watched alongside Jimmy Fallon. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Chadwick Boseman gives 'Black Panther' fans the surprise of a lifetime on 'Tonight Show'," 1 Mar. 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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a strong desire or propensity

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