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

Other Words from unsuspecting

unsuspectingly adverb

Examples of unsuspecting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But concerns have been raised about the tracker's GPS locating unsuspecting people, with model Brooks Nader saying she was tracked after a stranger had slipped the device into her coat. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 15 June 2022 Akron police say that in the moments leading up to the incident, one or more occupants in the victim’s vehicle were riding around the surrounding area shooting a SplatRBall Water Bead Blaster at objects and possibly unsuspecting people. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 10 June 2022 Roscoe’s children — Richard Nelson and his siblings — were unsuspecting. Isabella Cueto, STAT, 2 May 2022 Will's struggling club to attract unsuspecting investors in his non-existent mines. Sara Netzley, EW.com, 26 Mar. 2022 Free safety Eddie Jackson punched the ball out of the hands of unsuspecting wide receiver Tee Higgins, and Gipson recovered. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, 20 Sep. 2021 By the time Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff died of kidney failure, the man who bilked unsuspecting people out of billions of dollars had accumulated a nest egg of just $710 for almost 3,000 hours of work as a prison orderly. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 23 July 2021 Who among us has not wanted to swing from the beams of a restaurant pergola while unsuspecting brunch patrons watch in awe? Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 20 July 2021 Sebastian said a member of the After-Prom Committee mentioned the fundraiser using the plastic birds secretly planted in the front yards of unsuspecting homeowners to get the word out. John Benson, cleveland, 8 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of unsuspecting

1595, in the meaning defined above

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“Unsuspecting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsuspecting. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for unsuspecting


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

Kids Definition of unsuspecting

: without suspicion

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