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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.

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In passing his gentler companions Heyward uttered a few words of encouragement, and was pleased to find that, though fatigued with the exercise of the day, they appeared to entertain no suspicion that their present embarrassment was other than the result of accident.
We held the treaty within sixty yards of the garrison, on purpose to divert them from a breach of honour, as we could not avoid suspicions of the savages.
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.
He perfectly knew his own meaning; and having warmly protested against her suspicion as most injurious, and slightly touched upon his respect for Miss Smith as her friend, but acknowledging his wonder that Miss Smith should be mentioned at all,he resumed the subject of his own passion, and was very urgent for a favourable answer.
I confess I had my suspicions, but it was only yesterday afternoon they were at once resolved into certainty.
On ascending to Isabella's room, my suspicions were confirmed: it was empty.
She had felt unwilling to mention her suspicions to Miss Garth, until those suspicions had been confirmed -- and she now recoiled, with even greater reluctance, from allowing her daughters to be in any way alarmed about her.
All his suspicions turned to certainties, And the fair truth transformed into a lie?
No, but I repeat it was one of them who lighted the general and this gentleman to the abbey, and Digby assures us that the general had strong suspicions concerning those people.
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.
Pennifeather, and it was observed, as an indubitable confirmation of the suspicions which were excited against him, that he grew exceedingly pale, and when asked what he had to say for himself, was utterly incapable of saying a word.
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.