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)



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