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

Examples of untrustworthy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Outside experts consider the North’s data untrustworthy, in part because the country does not have enough testing kits and laboratories to accurately track a major outbreak. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 1 July 2022 The Good News: Avoid those who are untrustworthy and reveal a person’s secrets without a second thought. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 11 July 2022 Finally, a third group of 223 participants each rated a selection of 128 of the images for trustworthiness on a scale of one (very untrustworthy) to seven (very trustworthy). Emily Willingham, Scientific American, 14 Feb. 2022 To many of his new colleagues, Meadows quickly came across as duplicitous and untrustworthy. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 7 June 2022 Though, pre-internet tour recounting can be a bit untrustworthy. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 19 May 2022 Former prosecutors noted that any information Mr. Caddle may provide would need to be strong enough to withstand his biggest vulnerability before a jury: Having arranged a friend’s murder, he will be depicted as fundamentally untrustworthy. New York Times, 5 Mar. 2022 Leaders who typically withhold important information, or sugarcoat bad news, are often considered untrustworthy. Gregg Ward, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 The problem is Shan’s also dealing with another alliance member that’s proving untrustworthy. Joseph Longo, Vulture, 6 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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“Untrustworthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untrustworthy. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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