Definition of distrustful in English:

distrustful

adjective

  • Feeling or showing distrust of someone or something.

    ‘I have grown up to be distrustful of men’
    • ‘The doctors are probably also now distrustful of the BMA.’
    • ‘And even left wing Social Democrats were distrustful of the Communists.’
    • ‘He was incredibly distrustful of the wily-looking fox, and was very interested to hear his story - if ever he got the chance to.’
    • ‘Johnson smirked in a manner that's typical of a player who's cynical and distrustful of a new head coach.’
    • ‘They defended their villages fiercely, and remain deeply distrustful of the outside world.’
    • ‘On the other hand, I'm automatically distrustful of any group of ruling parties that decides to ban another party.’
    • ‘Most Scots, they say, are distrustful of the nuclear industry and would prefer to tackle climate change through windmills, tidal and solar power, and recycling.’
    • ‘The latter and the Imperial Russian Musical Society were distrustful of the group of musicians known as the ‘Handful of Five’.’
    • ‘Even people who are normally, and understandably, distrustful of cops should put their survival first.’
    • ‘Post workers were angry with management and distrustful of the union leadership.’
    • ‘In fact, he was so far ahead of the field that he had become distrustful of many standard textbooks.’
    • ‘One internet site agrees, declaring the animals to be ‘noble and tame dogs with the family, but distrustful of strangers’.’
    • ‘Sections of the anti-abortion movement are extremely distrustful of politicians.’
    • ‘There is no hiding from the fact that society is distrustful of scientific research - especially research that involves reproduction or genetics.’
    • ‘Licinius became increasingly distrustful of him and suspicious of his own Christian subjects, whom he began to persecute.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, a series of brutal and murderous events left islanders deeply distrustful of outsiders.’
    • ‘It is not in borrowers' interests for them to become worried and distrustful of their lender.’
    • ‘Slightly less than a third said they were very distrustful of the software giant.’
    • ‘I'm distrustful of all these men who buy magazines about health and fashion.’
    • ‘But people in the Black Isle are distrustful of government scientific advice and remain unconvinced.’
    mistrustful, suspicious, chary, apprehensive, lacking trust, lacking confidence, lacking faith
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Pronunciation

distrustful

/dɪsˈtrʌstfʊl//dɪsˈtrʌstf(ə)l/