If you’re suspicious, or uncertain whether you should believe something (or someone), you’re distrustful. If your dog is distrustful of clowns, she may growl every time she sees anyone wearing a big, red, rubber nose.
Whenever you experience a lack of trust, you’re distrustful. The word adds the prefix dis-, “not,” to trustful, or “full of trust.” If your cousin frequently tells tale tales, you will probably be distrustful when he claims that he recently met a famous movie star. And if that old wooden roller coaster at the amusement park looks rickety, you might be distrustful of its safety go ride the merry-go-round instead.
having or showing distrust“a man of
distrustful nature”“”my experience…in other fields of law has made me
distrustful of rules of thumb generally”- B.N.Cardozo”“”vigilant and
distrustful superintendence”- Thomas Jefferson”
not disposed or willing to believe; unbelieving
cynical, misanthropic, misanthropical
believing the worst of human nature and motives; having a sneering disbelief in e.g. selflessness of others
doubting, questioning, sceptical, skeptical
marked by or given to doubt
green-eyed, jealous, overjealous
suspicious or unduly suspicious or fearful of being displaced by a rival
leery, mistrustful, suspicious, untrusting, wary
openly distrustful and unwilling to confide
(used of men) having deep-seated distrust of women