An example of suspicion is a teacher having a feeling that one of their students cheated on a test.
- 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 of suspicionMiddle 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
- The act or an instance of suspecting something on little or no evidence: His evasiveness aroused my suspicions.
- The condition of being suspected, especially of wrongdoing: held under suspicion of murder.
- The state or feeling of having no confidence or certainty about something; distrust: looked with suspicion on the claims in the brochure.
- A minute amount or slight indication; a trace: a suspicion of contempt in his voice.
transitive verbsus·pi·cioned, sus·pi·cion·ing, sus·pi·cions Informal
Origin of suspicionMiddle 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 .
(third-person singular simple present suspicions, present participle suspicioning, simple past and past participle suspicioned)
- (nonstandard, dialect) To suspect; to have suspicions.
From Anglo"French suspecioun, from Old French suspeÃ§un or sospeÃ§on, from Latin suspectionem, of the past participle from suspicere, from sub- (“up to") with specere (“to look at").