from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of suspecting something, especially something wrong, on little evidence or without proof.
- n. The condition of being suspected, especially of wrongdoing.
- n. A state of uncertainty; doubt. See Synonyms at uncertainty.
- n. A minute amount or slight indication; a trace.
- transitive v. Nonstandard To suspect.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of suspecting something or someone, especially of something wrong.
- n. The condition of being suspected.
- n. Uncertainty, doubt.
- n. A trace, or slight indication.
- n. The imagining of something without evidence.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of suspecting; the imagination or apprehension of the existence of something (esp. something wrong or hurtful) without proof, or upon very slight evidence, or upon no evidence.
- n. Slight degree; suggestion; hint.
- transitive v. To view with suspicion; to suspect; to doubt.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of suspecting; the feeling of one who suspects; the sentiment or passion which is excited by signs of evil, danger, or the like, without sufficient proof; the imagination of the existence of something, especially something wrong, without proof or with but slight proof.
- n. Thought.
- n. Suggestion; hint; small quantity; slight degree.
- n. Synonyms Jealousy, distrust, mistrust, doubt, fear, misgiving.
- To regard with suspicion; suspect; mistrust; doubt.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. being of a suspicious nature
- n. an impression that something might be the case
- n. doubt about someone's honesty
- n. the state of being suspected
Middle English, alteration (influenced by Old French suspicion) of suspecioun, from Anglo-Norman, variant of Old French sospeçon, from Latin suspectiō, suspectiōn-, from suspectus, past participle of suspicere, to watch; see suspect.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo‐French suspecioun, from Old French suspeçun or sospeçon, from Latin suspectionem, of the past participle from suspicere, from sub- ("up to") with specere ("to look at"). (Wiktionary)