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If you are distrustful of someone or something, you think that they are not honest, reliable, or safe.

Voters are deeply distrustful of all politicians...

The older you get the more distrustful you become.

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • distrustful — adjective having or showing distrust a man of distrustful nature my experience...in other fields of law has made me distrustful of rules of thumb generally B.N.Cardozo vigilant and distrustful superintendence Thomas Jefferson • Ant: ↑trustful •… …   Useful english dictionary

  • distrustful — dis|trust|ful [ dıs trʌstfəl ] adjective a distrustful person does not trust a particular person or thing or people in general: They were profoundly distrustful of anything new. ╾ dis|trust|ful|ly adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • distrustful — UK [dɪsˈtrʌstf(ə)l] / US [dɪsˈtrʌstfəl] adjective a distrustful person does not trust a particular person or thing or people in general They were profoundly distrustful of anything new. Derived word: distrustfully adverb …   English dictionary

  • distrustful — distrustfully, adv. distrustfulness, n. /dis trust feuhl/, adj. unable or unwilling to trust; doubtful; suspicious: An alert scientist is distrustful of coincidences. [1585 95; DISTRUST + FUL] * * * …   Universalium

  • distrustful — adj. distrustful of * * * [dɪs trʌstf(ə)l] distrustfulof …   Combinatory dictionary

  • distrustful of — feeling or showing distrust. → distrustful …   English new terms dictionary

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