Definition of distrustful in English:



  • Feeling or showing distrust of someone or something.

    ‘I have grown up to be distrustful of men’
    • ‘Post workers were angry with management and distrustful of the union leadership.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They defended their villages fiercely, and remain deeply distrustful of the outside world.’
    • ‘Johnson smirked in a manner that's typical of a player who's cynical and distrustful of a new head coach.’
    • ‘One internet site agrees, declaring the animals to be ‘noble and tame dogs with the family, but distrustful of strangers’.’
    • ‘On the other hand, I'm automatically distrustful of any group of ruling parties that decides to ban another party.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, a series of brutal and murderous events left islanders deeply distrustful of outsiders.’
    • ‘I'm distrustful of all these men who buy magazines about health and fashion.’
    • ‘And even left wing Social Democrats were distrustful of the Communists.’
    • ‘In fact, he was so far ahead of the field that he had become distrustful of many standard textbooks.’
    • ‘Slightly less than a third said they were very distrustful of the software giant.’
    • ‘He was incredibly distrustful of the wily-looking fox, and was very interested to hear his story - if ever he got the chance to.’
    • ‘There is no hiding from the fact that society is distrustful of scientific research - especially research that involves reproduction or genetics.’
    • ‘It is not in borrowers' interests for them to become worried and distrustful of their lender.’
    • ‘Sections of the anti-abortion movement are extremely distrustful of politicians.’
    • ‘But people in the Black Isle are distrustful of government scientific advice and remain unconvinced.’
    • ‘The doctors are probably also now distrustful of the BMA.’
    • ‘Licinius became increasingly distrustful of him and suspicious of his own Christian subjects, whom he began to persecute.’
    • ‘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.’
    mistrustful, suspicious, chary, apprehensive, lacking trust, lacking confidence, lacking faith
    sceptical, unsure, doubtful, dubious, cynical
    cautious, circumspect, careful, wary, uneasy
    questioning, disbelieving, unbelieving, incredulous
    leery, cagey
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