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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
  • The organization recognizes the importance of developing a trustful, meaningful and productive team environment.
  • We also strive to maintain a productive trustful relationship through transparency and regular communication with state officials.
  • Establish and maintain a trustful, confidential and non-evaluative relationship with intern.
  • Youths tend to be trustful and will often let a friend drive when he or she has no business behind the wheel.
  • Ethnic minorities are less trustful of authorities and the information they provide which may be related to this constraint.
  • Nominators shall make a trustful introduction of their nominees.
  • Ethical firms develop trustful relationships with their clients and establish stable, profitable relationships.
  • Counterintuitive, but it's because the people in the communities are now trustful of the police and, and make those calls.
British Dictionary definitions for trustful


characterized by a tendency or readiness to trust others
Derived Forms
trustfully, trustingly, adverb
trustfulness, trustingness, noun
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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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