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mistrustful Line breaks: mis|trust¦ful
Pronunciation: /mɪsˈtrʌstfʊl/

Definition of mistrustful in English:


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.
suspicious, chary, wary, uncertain, unsure, distrustful, untrusting, doubtful, dubious, uneasy, cautious, hesitant, sceptical, unbelieving
informal leery


Pronunciation: /mɪsˈtrʌstfʊli/
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.
Pronunciation: /mɪsˈtrʌstfʊlnəs/
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.
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