unsuspecting

adjective

un·​sus·​pect·​ing ˌən-sə-ˈspek-tiŋ How to pronounce unsuspecting (audio)
: unaware of any danger or threat : not suspecting
unsuspecting victims
unsuspectingly adverb

Examples of unsuspecting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her family said a lax approach to law and order, coupled with a high recidivism rate, continues to put unsuspecting victims in harm's way. Chris Eberhart, Fox News, 12 Apr. 2024 Malicious actors are gaming GitHub's search results to trick unsuspecting users into accidentally downloading Windows malware on their computers, according to a new report from cybersecurity software firm Checkmarx. Kate Irwin, PCMAG, 11 Apr. 2024 There are countless ways for unsuspecting problems to arise, especially in children. Steve Levine, Fortune, 11 Apr. 2024 The suit accused the Goons of assaulting unsuspecting victims, recording attacks and sharing photos and videos of them on social media. The Arizona Republic, 9 Apr. 2024 Drake Surprises Fan with Brand-New Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon — Worth at Least $139K — at Toronto Show During another tour stop in his hometown of Toronto in October, Drake gave away a Mercedes-Benz G-Class car to an unsuspecting concertgoer at the Scotiabank Arena. Charlotte Phillipp, Peoplemag, 8 Apr. 2024 While Russia has long sought ways to influence public discourse in the United States, the fake news organizations — at least five, so far — represent a technological leap in its efforts to find new platforms to dupe unsuspecting American readers. Steven Lee Myers, New York Times, 7 Mar. 2024 The case of the Romanian national, who pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud in a federal court in California, is the latest to use growingly sophisticated methods to dupe unsuspecting people out of their vital bank information at ATM machines. Michael Loria, USA TODAY, 2 Apr. 2024 It is decorated in a neoclassical style and pays tribute to the seventeenth-century fabulist, immortalized in a series of murals featuring his crafty foxes and unsuspecting crows. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1595, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unsuspecting was in 1595

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“Unsuspecting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsuspecting. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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