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.

Definitions of distrustful
  1. adjective

    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

    unduly suspicious
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    trustful, trusting

    inclined to believe or confide readily; full of trust

    disposed to believe on little evidence

    willing to entrust personal matters
    unsuspecting, unsuspicious

    not suspicious
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