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

Definition of unsuspecting 

: unaware of any danger or threat : not suspecting unsuspecting victims

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unsuspectingly adverb

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While Liza finds love with Josh, a tattoo artist closer to her daughter's age than hers, and an even trickier connection with her unsuspecting boss, Charles, her work always comes first. Bethonie Butler, chicagotribune.com, "Why it matters that the women on 'Younger' and 'The Bold Type' focus on careers as much as dating," 14 July 2018 An unsuspecting Drac is immediately smitten by the ship’s captain, Ericka (Kathryn Hahn), the great-granddaughter of Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan). Kimber Walsh, latimes.com, "Review: 'Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation' hits the open seas with its creature comforts intact," 12 July 2018 Most of the time, these robocalls are after people's money, hoping to lure in unsuspecting consumers with an urgent message that sounds legitimate. Ashley Wong, USA TODAY, "Comcast or Capital One calling? It may be a robocall scam. Here are the top 10," 6 July 2018 The emerging trend could mean that unsuspecting investors will be exposed to losses or fraud in a market that has grown sharply in recent years. Coulter Jones, WSJ, "Firms With Troubled Brokers Are Often Behind Sales of Private Stakes," 24 June 2018 In 2016, the US returned an eight-page copy that had been stolen from a library in Florence, Italy, and donated to an unsuspecting US Library of Congress. Madison Park, CNN, "ICE returns stolen Christopher Columbus letter to Spain," 7 June 2018 Someone needs to screen proposed content of performances for appropriateness before unleashing them on an unsuspecting public. Seattle Times Readers, The Seattle Times, "Rant & Rave: Warm welcome for new citizens," 9 July 2018 Tandy, on the other hand, is a runaway who tries to make ends meet by stealing from unsuspecting people. Tracy Brown, latimes.com, "In 'Marvel's Cloak & Dagger' on Freeform, racism and injustice are the real supervillains," 7 June 2018 Animal House was loosed on an unsuspecting public in 1978. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc: In the playoffs, you're nothing without a great QB," 8 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of unsuspecting

1595, in the meaning defined above

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

Kids Definition of unsuspecting

: without suspicion

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