- Suspicion is having a feeling, thinking or believing that someone is guilty of something.
An example of suspicion is a teacher having a feeling that one of their students cheated on a test.
suspicion definition by Webster's New World
- the act or an instance of suspecting guilt, a wrong, harmfulness, etc. with little or no supporting evidence
- the feeling or state of mind of a person who suspects
- a very small amount or degree; suggestion; inkling; trace
Origin: Middle English suspecion ; from Anglo-French suspecioun ; from Old French sospeçon ; from Late Latin suspectio, origin, originally , a looking up to, esteeming, later with sense and spelling, spelled of Classical Latin suspicio, suspicion ; from Classical Latin suspectus, past participle of suspicere, to look up at, admire, look secretly at, mistrust, suspect
suspicion definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The act of suspecting something, especially something wrong, on little evidence or without proof.
- The condition of being suspected, especially of wrongdoing.
- A state of uncertainty; doubt. See Synonyms at uncertainty.
- A minute amount or slight indication; a trace.
Origin: 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.
- sus·piˈcion·al adjective
suspicion - Phrases/Idioms