presuspicion

suspicion

[suh-spish-uhn]
noun
1.
act of suspecting.
2.
the state of mind or feeling of one who suspects: Suspicion kept him awake all night long.
3.
an instance of suspecting something or someone.
4.
state of being suspected: under suspicion; above suspicion.
5.
imagination of anything to be the case or to be likely; a vague notion of something.
6.
a slight trace, hint, or suggestion: a suspicion of a smile.
verb (used with object)
7.
Nonstandard. to suspect.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Latin suspīciōn- (stem of suspīciō), equivalent to suspīc- (variant stem of suspicere to look from below, suspect) + -iōn- -ion

presuspicion, noun
self-suspicion, noun
supersuspicion, noun


2. doubt, mistrust, misgiving. Suspicion, distrust are terms for a feeling that appearances are not reliable. Suspicion is the positive tendency to doubt the trustworthiness of appearances and therefore to believe that one has detected possibilities of something unreliable, unfavorable, menacing, or the like: to feel suspicion about the honesty of a prominent man. Distrust may be a passive want of trust, faith, or reliance in a person or thing: to feel distrust of one's own ability.
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suspicion (səˈspɪʃən)
 
n
1.  the act or an instance of suspecting; belief without sure proof, esp that something is wrong
2.  the feeling of mistrust of a person who suspects
3.  the state of being suspected: to be shielded from suspicion
4.  a slight trace
5.  above suspicion in such a position that no guilt may be thought or implied, esp through having an unblemished reputation
6.  on suspicion as a suspect
7.  under suspicion regarded with distrust
 
[C14: from Old French sospeçon, from Latin suspīciō distrust, from suspicere to mistrust; see suspect]
 
sus'picional
 
adj
 
sus'picionless
 
adj

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suspicion
late 13c., from Anglo-Fr. suspecioun, from O.Fr. suspeçun, sospeçon "mistrust, suspicion" (Fr. soupçon), from L. suspectionem (nom. suspectio) "mistrust, suspicion, fear, awe," from pp. stem of suspicere "look up at" (see suspect). Spelling in English
influenced 14c. by learned O.Fr. forms closer to Latin suspicionem.
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