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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Shark fishing naturally brings the apex predators closer to popular beaches and has the potential to create harmful or deadly situations for unsuspecting swimmers, according to the FWC. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "New Florida law requires shark fishing permit; here are the details," 1 July 2019 Receptionists are quick to intervene when unsuspecting visitors help themselves, mistaking the treats for human snacks. Author: Richard Read, Anchorage Daily News, "Alexa, how many dogs come to work at Amazon Seattle? 7,000," 30 June 2019 An ongoing operation that’s installing ransomware and other malware on the computers of unsuspecting website visitors is one of the most potent drive-by attack campaigns researchers have seen in recent memory. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "New ransomware infections are the worst drive-by attacks in recent memory," 27 June 2019 Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson turns the heat up on an unsuspecting band of gas station employees in EW’s exclusive trailer for the upcoming thriller Burn. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Josh Hutcherson ignites a gas station war in exclusive Burn trailer," 26 June 2019 Tunnels, on the other hand, were used to surreptitiously place explosives beneath unsuspecting enemy soldiers and move supplies between different parts of a battleground. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "Explore These World War I Trenches and Tunnels in France and Belgium," 25 June 2019 New footage obtained by DailyMail.com shows the moment Mendoza followed an unsuspecting woman around the D.C. Metro on July 5, 2016. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "New footage shows ex-Obama adviser following woman around DC metro and taking upskirt photos," 28 July 2018 When the elderly billionaire ends up murdered, the unsuspecting couple finds themselves on the run after they get framed for his murder. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Netflix Says Murder Mystery Has Been Viewed by Over 30 Million Accounts in 3 Days," 19 June 2019 Madam Yankelova’s Fine Literature Club One member of a secret society of women who despise and murder unsuspecting men reconsiders her beliefs. Matt Cooper, latimes.com, "L.A. movie openings, June 16-23: ‘Toy Story 4,’ ‘Child’s Play’ and more," 16 June 2019

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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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