Definition of suspect adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsʌspekt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌspekt//
    Dishonest, Terrorism
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  1. 1that may be false and that cannot be relied on synonym questionable Some of the evidence they produced was highly suspect. See related entries: Dishonest
  2. 2that you suspect to be dangerous or illegal synonym suspicious a suspect package (= one that may contain drugs, a bomb, etc.) a controlled explosion of a suspect device (= a bomb) More Like This Pronunciation changes by part of speech abuse, alternate, advocate, approximate, contract, converse, convict, decrease, delegate, discount, duplicate, estimate, export, extract, graduate, import, intimate, moderate, object, permit, present, protest, record, refund, refuse, subject, suspect, survey, torment, upgradeSee worksheet. See related entries: Terrorism
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (originally as an adjective): from Latin suspectus ‘mistrusted’, past participle of suspicere, from sub- ‘from below’ + specere ‘to look’.Word Familysuspect verbsuspected adjectivesuspicion nounsuspicious adjectivesuspiciously adverbsuspect noun adjectiveExtra examples The theory is rendered suspect by its reliance on now discredited sources. the forced adoption of children of politically suspect citizens The police have been informed of the discovery of a suspect package. They carried out a controlled explosion of a suspect device.
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