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 However, this year was extra special, as Julio surprised his unsuspecting daughter. Fox News, "Texas dad drives more than 1,000 miles to surprise daughter with Chick-fil-A for 19th birthday," 21 May 2020 Of course, the turbo V-6 and perfectly mated automatic can dust off unsuspecting Mondials, too. Arthur St. Antoine, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1992 GMC Typhoon," 19 May 2020 In the Obbink case, Green and his representatives have cast themselves as the unsuspecting dupes of a mastermind. Ariel Sabar, The Atlantic, "A Mystery at Oxford," 13 May 2020 When an insect lands to sip the nectar, the carnivorous sundew slowly curls its leaves around it, releasing digestive enzymes that liquify its unsuspecting prey into a digestible meal. Popular Science, "Twelve powerful images to remind us how weird and wild the world is," 13 May 2020 Once an unsuspecting business parts with its cash, through a paper check or wire transfer, Exaggerated Lion’s mules have a variety of ways to get the money back to them. William Turton, Bloomberg.com, "Your Corporate Email Isn’t as Safe as You Think," 8 May 2020 Once swallowed by an unsuspecting piglet, the pathogen would travel to the gut and infect and destroy the finger-like nutrient-absorbing projections called villi on the walls of the small intestine. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Coronavirus Spread Through U.S. Pigs in 2013. Here’s How It Was Stopped," 10 Apr. 2020 Thanks A Million Executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, this emotional and inspiring series features grateful public figures who kickstart a chain of kindness by gifting $100,000 to an unsuspecting individual who must pay it forward. Diane J. Cho, PEOPLE.com, "Quibi Launches Today: A Comprehensive Guide to All the Celeb-Studded Shows You Can Watch on Your Phone Right Now," 6 Apr. 2020 But officials say the hostel is owned by North Korea and funneled about $41,000 a month into the pocket of Kim Jong Un's regime from the unsuspecting guests. Eric Shawn | Fox News, Fox News, "Kim Jong Un’s Berlin moneymaker to be shut down after court order, signaling victory for Trump, Otto Warmbier’s family," 3 May 2020

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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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25 May 2020

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“Unsuspecting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsuspecting. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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