un·​trust·​wor·​thy | \ ˌən-ˈtrəst-ˌwər-t͟hē How to pronounce untrustworthy (audio) \

Definition of untrustworthy

: not dependable or worthy of confidence : not trustworthy an untrustworthy person an untrustworthy source

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Recent Examples on the Web Horst, played by Ted Levine, is completely untrustworthy. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Big Sky producer breaks down spring premiere's new mysteries: 'We can't trust anybody'," 14 Apr. 2021 Many had been stopped at checkpoints while entering Kuytun; others had been flagged by IJOP as untrustworthy. Raffi Khatchadourian, The New Yorker, "Surviving the Crackdown in Xinjiang," 5 Apr. 2021 For a country that seeks allies, better to be a trustworthy partner than an untrustworthy one. Los Angeles Times, "Afghanistan’s war — and America’s stakes in it — won’t end when the troops leave," 18 Apr. 2021 America adopted this old European Orientalist prejudice that believes Arabs are irrational and dangerous, untrustworthy, prone to violence and only understand power. Ahmed Tharwat, Star Tribune, "An Arab American's guide to Arab Americans," 9 Apr. 2021 One woman, the owner of a grocery, was in custody because her horse-milk supplier had been deemed untrustworthy. Raffi Khatchadourian, The New Yorker, "Surviving the Crackdown in Xinjiang," 5 Apr. 2021 But that screen history has also provided a reliable reflection of how Asians and Asian Americans have existed in the national consciousness, as inscrutable, as exotic, as monolithic, as untrustworthy, or as barely present at all. Alison Willmore, Vulture, "What Was the Asian American Character Actor?," 26 Mar. 2021 Not everyone wants to deal with late rent payments, requests to fix bathrooms and leaky ceilings, or property damage caused by untrustworthy tenants. Peyton Carr, Forbes, "The Tech Founder’s Guide To Real Estate, Part 4: Real Estate As An Investment Asset," 12 Mar. 2021 Another institution that many consider to be untrustworthy is the pharmaceutical industry, which has paid out billions of dollars in settlements for fraudulent marketing and kickbacks to health care providers. Mackenzie Chung Fegan, Bon Appétit, "We Asked a Doctor All Our COVID-19 Vaccine Questions," 4 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of untrustworthy

circa 1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of untrustworthy was circa 1846

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7 May 2021

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“Untrustworthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untrustworthy. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of untrustworthy

: not able to be trusted : not trustworthy

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