Share this entry

Share this page

mistrustful

Line breaks: mis|trust¦ful
Pronunciation: /mɪsˈtrʌstfʊl
 
, -f(ə)l/

Definition of mistrustful in English:

adjective

Lacking in trust; suspicious: he wondered if he had been unduly mistrustful of her
More example sentences
  • They are wary, mistrustful of institutions that have disappointed us all.
  • Administrators and public health academics are wary and mistrustful of physicians in the field.
  • Here again, Washington's reaction has been distant, cautious and mistrustful.
Synonyms
suspicious, chary, wary, uncertain, unsure, distrustful, untrusting, doubtful, dubious, uneasy, cautious, hesitant, sceptical, unbelieving
informal leery

Derivatives

mistrustfully

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • The secularists have their island and peer out mistrustfully at everyone else.
  • ‘Though the sun is high, it feels like night,’ he muttered, glancing mistrustfully at the river.
  • He nodded to the man behind the counter, who stopped briefly to take their order and eye them mistrustfully.

mistrustfulness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Impatience, mistrustfulness, and competitiveness with other writers can be very damaging to a career.
  • These Americans share some of the mistrustfulness but little of the anger of alienated voters.
  • The file was incomplete, I had not kept up on the charting, and due to the extreme mistrustfulness of the client, I didn't keep extensive notes.

Definition of mistrustful in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day orthoepy
Pronunciation: ˈɔːθəʊɛpi
noun
the correct or accepted pronunciation of words