Adjective "suspicious" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having or showing a cautious distrust of someone or something.
  1. 'she gave him a suspicious look'
  2. 'In general she is suspicious of films about the music business, because Hollywood always gets the details wrong.'
  3. 'People will always be suspicious of the answer you come up with, even if it is the right answer.'
  4. 'In fact he was suspicious of any technological advance that might weaken the ‘master race’.'
  5. 'After a while, the viewer is doomed to grow suspicious of a creative mind that never thinks of simply walking around the wall.'
  6. 'Logan's military assignments made him naturally suspicious of strangers who questioned him, but Marie was different.'
  7. 'By the time Finland became independent, they were a bit suspicious of nobility.'
  8. 'They are also deeply suspicious of American motives.'
  9. 'They are intensely suspicious of science and experimentation, and regard new technology with dread.'
  10. 'Maybe people are suspicious of me, but the reality is that I'm spending most of my time looking at how we make the club game work.'
  11. 'No wonder people are suspicious of politicians and the political process.'
  12. 'Two reports of suspicious packages have already been reported to the police.'
  13. 'Concern spread to other areas as well, with people reporting suspicious packages from coast to coast.'
  14. 'The death was initially treated as suspicious and Hardy was questioned.'
  15. 'Such practices, which began during this time period, took place under highly suspicious circumstances.'
  16. 'Ari found the suspicious package in a cardboard box and immediately reported his discovery to the police.'
  17. 'On trains they are being used to search carriages for suspicious packages.'
  18. 'Police are appealing for information from people who may have noticed anything suspicious in the area.'
  19. 'I actually think there is something suspicious in the idea from the start.'
  20. 'None of eight witnesses called by the prosecution saw anyone suspicious, he maintained.'
  21. 'A bomb disposal squad was dispatched to Colchester Castle to deal with a suspicious package.'
  22. 'police were called when staff became suspicious'
  23. 'As the scam unfolded that night in the studio, production staff became suspicious.'
  24. 'Becoming suspicious she questioned him and he told her that he was staying in a nearby hotel.'
  25. 'A firm in the USA became suspicious about the activities of an employee.'


1. tending to cause or excite suspicion; questionable: suspicious behavior.

2. inclined to suspect, especially inclined to suspect evil; distrustful: a suspicious tyrant.

3. full of or feeling suspicion.

4. expressing or indicating suspicion: a suspicious glance.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be suspicious of people."

"people can be suspicious of motives."

"agents can be suspicious of callers."

"people can be suspicious of claims."

"traders can be suspicious of conspiracies."

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Middle English: from Old French suspicious, from Latin suspiciosus, from suspicio(n-) (see suspicion).