Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To surmise to be true or probable; imagine: I suspect they are very disappointed.
  • transitive v. To have doubts about; distrust: I suspect his motives.
  • transitive v. To think (a person) guilty without proof: The police suspect her of murder.
  • intransitive v. To have suspicion.
  • n. One who is suspected, especially of having committed a crime.
  • adj. Open to or viewed with suspicion: a suspect policy; suspect motives.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To imagine or suppose (something) to be true without evidence.
  • v. To distrust or have doubts about (something or someone).
  • v. To believe (someone) to be guilty.
  • v. To have suspicion.
  • n. A person who is suspected of something, in particular of committing a crime.
  • adj. To be viewed with suspicion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Suspicious; inspiring distrust.
  • adj. Suspected; distrusted.
  • n. Suspicion.
  • n. One who, or that which, is suspected; an object of suspicion; -- formerly applied to persons and things; now, only to persons suspected of crime.
  • intransitive v. To imagine guilt; to have a suspicion or suspicions; to be suspicious.
  • transitive v. To imagine to exist; to have a slight or vague opinion of the existence of, without proof, and often upon weak evidence or no evidence; to mistrust; to surmise; -- commonly used regarding something unfavorable, hurtful, or wrong.
  • transitive v. To imagine to be guilty, upon slight evidence, or without proof.
  • transitive v. To hold to be uncertain; to doubt; to mistrust; to distruct.
  • transitive v. To look up to; to respect.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To imagine to exist; have a vague or slight opinion of the existence of, often on weak or trivial evidence; mistrust; surmise.
  • To imagine to be guilty, upon slight evidence or without proof.
  • To hold to be uncertain; doubt; mistrust; distrust.
  • To look up to; respect; esteem.
  • To imagine guilt, danger, or the like; be suspicious.
  • Suspected; suspicious.
  • Doubtful; uncertain.
  • n. A suspected person; one suspected of a crime, offense, or the like.
  • n. Something suspicious; something causing suspicion.
  • n. Suspicion.
  • n. A vague or slight opinion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. imagine to be the case or true or probable
  • adj. not as expected
  • n. a person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law; the person being sued or accused
  • v. hold in suspicion; believe to be guilty
  • v. regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in
  • n. someone who is under suspicion

Etymologies

Middle English suspecten, from Old French suspecter, from Latin suspectāre, frequentative of suspicere, to look up at, suspect : su-, sub-, from below; see sub- + specere, to look at; see spek- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin suspectus, perfect passive participle of suspiciō ("mistrust, suspect"), from sus-, combining form of sub ("under"), + speciō ("watch, look at"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The term suspect is an investigative term, not a legal term, Nancy.

    CNN Transcript Oct 2, 2008

  • Personally, I believe that if a suspect is arrested and then convicted, his “demographic” is not the defining basis of that conviction.

    Coyote Blog » Blog Archive » The Continuing Downsides of Having a “Colorful” Sheriff

  • BUT when a suspect is arrested and interrogated, then the police officer had better had Mirandized the suspect or anything said during the interrogation is tossed out because he hadn't been Mirandized.

    Rubio: Miranda rights could hamper terror investigations

  • Law enforcement officials said the suspect is the person who bought the Nissan Pathfinder used in the bombing attempt.

    POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, May 4, 2010

  • It does not matter whether the suspect is a black, white or red man, the most important point here is that a man was being suspected for burgling his own house, his yelling could have made an intelligent officer to suspect that something must be wrong with the whole situation. stevegee

    Obama speaks with Gates' arresting officer

  • It does not matter whether the suspect is a black, white or red man, the most important point here is that a man was being suspected for burgling his own house, his yelling could have made an intelligent officer to suspect that something must be wrong with the whole situation.

    Police group: Obama should apologize

  • There shouldn't be exceptions to this, and it shouldn't be based on the question of whether or not a suspect is a prisoner of war, an "enemy combatant," a person of interest, or just a bunch of anti-Semitic crack addicts in the Bronx.

    What We See

  • Its a common place of my community, and the fact that people don't know that I learned how to think about this from listening to my parents and their friends sit around the living room and talk about tv, movies, and 'the suspect is a black male' does not mean it did not happen.

    RFI par téléphone aux Etats-Unis

  • Martin - the term suspect is a legal term which refers to someone suspected of having committed a criminal offence.

    Good For The Goose « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • I also take issue with your presumtion that this suspect is a addict of any sort.

    Final Fantasy « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

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