untrusting

adjective

un·​trust·​ing ˌən-ˈtrə-stiŋ How to pronounce untrusting (audio)
: not having or given to confidence in something or someone : not trusting
untrusting of the police

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web After a harrowing event, an untrusting street vendor discovers the embrace of community. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Feb. 2022 Eugene Borgida, a professor of psychology and law at the University of Minnesota, claims that forced participation tends to make participants defensive and untrusting, which makes for a less effective program. Candice Wang, Popular Science, 16 June 2020 The players, who really bought in at first, became confused and untrusting, uncertain that Jurgen would honor their commitment to him by rewarding them with a consistent status on the pitch. Jon Weinbach, Slate Magazine, 13 Oct. 2017 In a country going through a particularly untrusting phase, anyone with any remaining shred of authority about storms ratcheted up the rhetoric this weekend in an effort to get people to listen up and evacuate. Marc Fisher, Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of untrusting was in 1861

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Cite this Entry

“Untrusting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untrusting. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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