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[truhst-fuh l] /ˈtrʌst fəl/
full of trust; free of distrust, suspicion, or the like; confiding:
a trustful friend.
Origin of trustful
1570-80; trust + -ful
Related forms
trustfully, adverb
trustfulness, noun
overtrustful, adjective
overtrustfully, adverb
overtrustfulness, noun
untrustful, adjective
untrustfully, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for trustful
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  • As he looked into her limpid, trustful eyes, he felt he had been a weak fool.

  • Lowly and trustful, sweet and frail, "of such is the kingdom of heaven."

    The Foot-path Way Bradford Torrey
  • She had paid her creditors something on account all round, and had left them appeased and trustful, if not content.

    Phantom Fortune, A Novel M. E. Braddon
  • One may well wonder who was this sanguine and trustful lady.

    The History of "Punch" M. H. Spielmann
  • But her calm face, fixed on his, patient and trustful, compelled him to answer.

    North and South Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • The most brave men are often the most gentle; the most trustful are frank and open-hearted.

    Hubert's Wife Minnie Mary Lee
  • In this humble yet trustful spirit, Mr. Marsden entered his new field of labour.

  • She has the most trustful eyes of any human being that ever walked this earth.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • Chickadee's own personality, his cheery ways and trustful nature had taught them, though they knew it not.

    Ways of Wood Folk William J. Long
  • This message he sent to the preacher by a trustful servant, Joshua.

    The Kentucky Ranger Edward T. Curnick
British Dictionary definitions for trustful


characterized by a tendency or readiness to trust others
Derived Forms
trustfully, trustingly, adverb
trustfulness, trustingness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for trustful

1570s, "trustworthy," from trust (n.) + -ful. Meaning "trusting" attested from 1832. Related: Trustfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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