suspicion


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Suspicion

The apprehension of something without proof to verify the belief.

Suspicion implies a belief or opinion based upon facts or circumstances that do not constitute proof.

suspicion

(Mistrust), noun apprehension, cynicism, disbelief, distrust, doubt, doubtfulness, dubiety, fear, fearfulness, incredulity, lack of faith, lack of trust, misdoubt, misgiving, qualm, skepticism, suspicio, trepidation, unbelief
Associated concepts: suspicious circumstances, suspicious origin
Foreign phrases: Dona clandestina sunt semper suspiiiosa.Clandestine gifts are always open to suspicion.

suspicion

(Uncertainty), noun chance, conjecture, doubtfulness, guess, hint, impression, incertitude, inference, inkling, insecurity, intimation, notion, postulate, postulation, question, speculation, suggestion, supposition, surmise, trace, unsureness
See also: apprehension, belief, conjecture, fear, idea, incredulity, inference, opinion, qualm, speculation, suggestion, supposition

SUSPICION. A belief to the disadvantage of another, accompanied by a doubt.
     2. Without proof, suspicion, of itself, is evidence of nothing. When a crime has been committed, an arrest may be made when, 1st. There are such circumstances as induce a strong presumption of guilt; as being found in possession of goods recently stolen, without giving a probable account of having obtained the possession honestly. 2d. The absconding of the party accused. 3d. Being found in company of known offenders. 4th. Living an idle disorderly life, without any apparent means of support. In such cases the arrest must be made as in other cases. Vide 20 Vin. Ab. 150; 4 Bl. Com. 290.

References in classic literature ?
It was the belief of those who knew him best, that he would positively have taken the very singular step of giving up the House of the Seven Gables to the representative of Matthew Maule, but for the unspeakable tumult which a suspicion of the old gentleman's project awakened among his Pyncheon relatives.
The sailors mark him; more and more certain grow their suspicions of him, and at last, fully to test the truth, by referring the whole matter to high Heaven, they fall to casting lots, to see for whose cause this great tempest was upon them.
brought him yet stronger suspicion of there being a something of private liking, of private understanding even, between Frank Churchill and Jane.
All his suspicions turned to certainties, And the fair truth transformed into a lie?
He disdained to ask questions as to their proceedings, and could only guess at the meaning of their movements, and in so doing indulged in conjectures and suspicions, which produced the most whimsical self-torment.
So, in the present instance, it turned out with all the eloquence of "Old Charley"; for, although he laboured earnestly in behalf of the suspected, yet it so happened, somehow or other, that every syllable he uttered of which the direct but unwitting tendency was not to exalt the speaker in the good opinion of his audience, had the effect to deepen the suspicion already attached to the individual whose cause he pleaded, and to arouse against him the fury of the mob.
I forced myself to go out for hours together in order to leave them by themselves; I wanted to punish myself for suspicions which were unworthy of me; and when I came back I found they didn't want me -- not Strickland, he didn't care if I was there or not, but Blanche.
And after all, the suspicion of Bulstrode's motives might be unjust.
But as time went on and the Herculean nature of their task became more and more apparent they fell to grumbling, and to quarrelling among themselves, so that to the other dangers were now added dissension and suspicion.
We sent Granet back because of a suspicion which may be altogether unjustifiable.
Her memory of the night interview with Miss Jethro had inevitably intensified the suspicion inspired by the conduct of Mrs.
I guarantee to name the person, or the persons, on whom the suspicion really rests.