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Supposedly vs. Supposably


[uhn-suh-spek-tid] /ˌʌn səˈspɛk tɪd/
not regarded or considered with suspicion:
unsuspected in the crime.
not imagined to exist:
a person of unsuspected talents.
Origin of unsuspected
1520-30; un-1 + suspect + -ed2
Related forms
unsuspectedly, adverb
unsuspectedness, noun Unabridged
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  • He was discovered, that last year, to have an unsuspected talent, Jimsy King.

    Play the Game! Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • Had Corrie lost so much of his youth, unsuspected by his daily companion?

    From the Car Behind Eleanor M. Ingram
  • Perhaps some power unseen and unsuspected, propelled them all.

    When the Sleeper Wakes Herbert George Wells
  • And yet there were depths in her, Larkin found, unsuspected because unsought.

    The Free Range Francis William Sullivan
  • They sat smiling at each other, almost as lovers do who have stumbled upon an unsuspected agreement in taste.

    Coquette Frank Swinnerton
  • For trusted, unsuspected, he has had every opportunity to learn.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
  • It is something heretofore unknown and unsuspected in scenery—a miracle of erosion, a peerless fantasy of color.

  • He developed an unsuspected genius for the arts of a wild and hunted existence.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • Before she could do much more than drag me away, my unsuspected friend was in the room.

    "Persons Unknown" Virginia Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for unsuspected


not under suspicion
not known to exist
Derived Forms
unsuspectedly, adverb
unsuspectedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unsuspected

1520s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of suspect (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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