suspect

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj suspect not as expected "there was something fishy about the accident","up to some funny business","some definitely queer goings-on","a shady deal","her motives were suspect","suspicious behavior"
    • v suspect regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in
    • v suspect imagine to be the case or true or probable "I suspect he is a fugitive","I surmised that the butler did it"
    • v suspect hold in suspicion; believe to be guilty "The U.S. suspected Bin Laden as the mastermind behind the terrorist attacks"
    • n suspect a person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law; the person being sued or accused
    • n suspect someone who is under suspicion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In July 1981, a tortoise was sentenced to death for murder. Tribal elders in Kyuasini, a village in Kenya, formally condemned the tortoise because they suspected it of causing the death of six people, apparently through magic. However, because none of the villagers was prepared to risk the tortoise's wrath by carrying out the execution, it was instead chained to a tree. The tortoise was later freed after the government promised an official inquiry into the deaths.
    • Suspect One who, or that which, is suspected; an object of suspicion; -- formerly applied to persons and things; now, only to persons suspected of crime.
    • Suspect Suspected; distrusted. "What I can do or offer is suspect ."
    • Suspect Suspicion. "So with suspect , with fear and grief, dismayed."
    • Suspect Suspicious; inspiring distrust. "Suspect was] his face, suspect his word also."
    • Suspect To hold to be uncertain; to doubt; to mistrust; to distruct; as, to suspect the truth of a story.
    • v. i Suspect To imagine guilt; to have a suspicion or suspicions; to be suspicious. "If I suspect without cause, why then make sport at me."
    • Suspect To imagine to be guilty, upon slight evidence, or without proof; as, to suspect one of equivocation.
    • Suspect To imagine to exist; to have a slight or vague opinion of the existence of, without proof, and often upon weak evidence or no evidence; to mistrust; to surmise; -- commonly used regarding something unfavorable, hurtful, or wrong; as, to suspect the presence of disease. "Nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little; and therefore men should remedy suspicion by procuring to know more.""From her hand I could suspect no ill."
    • Suspect To look up to; to respect.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Some horticulturists suspect that the banana was the earth's first fruit. Banana plants have been in cultivation since the time of recorded history. One of the first records of bananas dates back to Alexander the Great's conquest of India where he first discovered bananas in 327 B.C.
    • suspect To imagine to exist; have a vague or slight opinion of the existence of, often on weak or trivial evidence; mistrust; surmise.
    • suspect To imagine to be guilty, upon slight evidence or without proof.
    • suspect To hold to be uncertain; doubt; mistrust; distrust.
    • suspect To look up to; respect; esteem.
    • suspect To imagine guilt, danger, or the like; be suspicious.
    • suspect Suspected; suspicious.
    • suspect Doubtful; uncertain.
    • n suspect A suspected person; one suspected of a crime, offense, or the like.
    • n suspect Something suspicious; something causing suspicion.
    • n suspect Suspicion.
    • n suspect A vague or slight opinion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The alarm clock was not invented by the Marquis de Sade, as some suspect, but rather by a man named Levi Hutchins of Concord, New Hampshire, in 1787. Perversity, though, characterized his invention from the beginning. The alarm on his clock could ring only at 4 am. Rumor has it that Hutchins was murdered by his wife at 4:05 am on a very dark and deeply cold New England morning.
    • v.t Suspect sus-pekt′ to mistrust: to imagine to be guilty: to doubt: to have a slight opinion that something exists, but without sufficient evidence, to conjecture
    • v.i Suspect to imagine guilt, to be suspicious
    • n Suspect a person suspected
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Quotations

  • Thomas B. Aldrich
    Thomas B. Aldrich
    “The man who suspects his own tediousness is yet to be born.”
  • Ben Jonson
    Ben%20Jonson
    “They that know no evil will suspect none.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “If you suspect a man, don't employ him, and if you employ him, don't suspect him.”
  • Vaclav Havel
    Vaclav%20Havel
    “There's always something suspect about an intellectual on the winning side.”
  • Edwin Meese
    Edwin Meese
    “You don't have many suspects who are innocent of a crime. That's contradictory. If a person is innocent of a crime, then he is not a suspect.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin%20Franklin
    “He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. suspectus, p. p. of suspicere, to look up, admire, esteem, to look at secretly or askance, to mistrust; sub, under + specere, to look: cf. F. suspect, suspected, suspicious. See Spy, and cf. Suspicion

Usage

In literature:

The sentinel in the tree counted eleven, and suspected there were others who just then were not in sight.
"Footprints in the Forest" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
Do you suspect anybody?
"Simon" by J. Storer Clouston
I however, suspect that the five thousand exists only in your own imagination.
"The Stretton Street Affair" by William Le Queux
You surely don't suspect either of them?
"The Seven Secrets" by William Le Queux
Unhappily it had been amply proved in many cases, and might well be suspected in many more, that these high pretensions were unfounded.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Her naughtinesses were remembered against her, but her latent tenderness was never suspected.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
You see you have made me so skeptical that I shall begin by suspecting my tutor.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
He quickly learned how to relieve himself in solitude, and suspected many of the others did the same.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Remember, the best security is not to let people even suspect that a thing exists.
"The Electronic Mind Reader" by John Blaine
Mrs. Gerhardt tearfully suspected the source, but said nothing.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
As a matter of fact, it is evident that he suspects nothing now!
"A Nest of Spies" by Pierre Souvestre
I suspected him of wanting Pat to hear what he had done: but no, on the contrary.
"The Lightning Conductor Discovers America" by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
He doubted if he could finish the job at all, and wondered whether the other suspected his embarrassment.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
The President, so ingenuous and child-like, must never suspect the truth!
"The Destroyer" by Burton Egbert Stevenson
Folks wouldn't suspect him easy.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
Miss Scrotton even suspected that a tinge of bland and kindly pity coloured Mrs. Forrester's readiness to sympathize.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
But not knowing nor suspecting anything of the kind, he did not make the attempt.
"The Great Cattle Trail" by Edward S. Ellis
Helen does not know me entirely; one side of me she has never even suspected.
"Anne" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
But it would never do to let the Baron suspect that.
"The Intriguers" by William Le Queux
I ought, at least, to have suspected that these fellows are always on the lookout for such a chance as this.
"One Of Them" by Charles James Lever
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In poetry:

Lord, what an envious fool I was!
How like a thoughtless beast!
Thus to suspect thy promised grace,
And think the wicked blest.
"Psalm 73 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Lord, what an envious fool I was!
How like a thoughtless beast
Thus to suspect thy promised grace,
And think the wicked blessed.
"Psalm LXXIII: Now I'm Convinced the Lord Is Kind" by Isaac Watts
Better to sit at some man's feet
Than thrill a listening state;
Better suspect that thou art proud
Than be sure that thou art great.
"Better Things" by George MacDonald
LIVIA. Can it be that I'm suspected
Of thus wronging thee so basely?
Why, I wept whole days together
When it was the day for weeping.
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
"And so shall they be dearer still;
For man shall ne'er suspect in them
The plucking of the fatal stem,
That brought him all his ill.
"Mount Arafa" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Cease, Laura, cease, suspect no more
This careless heart has learnt to love,
Because on yonder lonely shore
I still at pensive evening rove;
"To Laura" by Amelia Opie

In news:

The names of the victim and suspect were released Friday night.
Police say Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes had 2 pistols, assault rifle , shotgun.
Suspect named in Chattanooga double shooting.
The suspect then turned the assault rifle at him as well and threatened to shoot them if they called police.
KC police arrest suspect in attack on ATA bus driver.
I suspect that Catholics and Protestants have different ideas.
IF YOU SUSPECT A STROKE.
MSU authorities say they have a possible suspect in theft of swine bacteria taken from a campus lab.
Littlefield robbery suspect admits to attempted heist to cover bad check .
Littlefield robbery suspect attempted heist to cover girlfriend's bad check .
FUGITIVE FILES Bad check suspect.
Northrop Grumman will continue work on its biometric database of terrorist suspects.
Suspected DWI driver causes head-on crash on West Bitters near Partridge Trail.
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy took a photo of a teen suspect who's face had been bloodied in a confrontation to a friend who worked at the men's jail and got one back of another battered suspect.
A Thai bomb squad expert examine suspected bombs at the site of a bomb attack in Yala province suspected to be by Muslim militants February 23, 2010.
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In science:

However, validity of the perturbative QCD argument is suspect for the decay B → J/ψK ∗ since the size of J/ψ is O(1/αsmc ) instead of O(1/mc) .
Final-state interaction and s-quark helicity conservation in B -> J/psi K*
All this reflects, I suspect, the global rise of fundamentalism.
Optical and X-ray Afterglows in the Cannonball Model of GRBs
However, this conclusion is suspect if we do not first understand the convergence properties of the series in eq. (10).
Spectral statistics of the k-body random-interaction model
It is natural to suspect then that the expected values of these ob jects divided by n converge to a constant, both in the unweighted and weighted cases.
Linear Phase Transition in Random Linear Constraint Satisfaction Problem
One suspects that this must be due to the formation of a curvature singularity, as happens in the spherically symmetric case, but there is no proof of this.
The Classical Singularity Theorems and their Quantum Loopholes
Because gravity plays a dominant role, we suspected that the shells might be dynamically unstable. (See §4 of Paper I.) We now demonstrate this fact both analytically and numerically.
Trapped Protostellar Winds and their Breakout
For d > 1, one suspects that the answer is negative, and in fact one may suspect that P(Aℓ ) = 1 implies Sznitman’s condition T’.
Random walks in random environments
As had been suspected, this X-ray emission is now clearly seen to be part of the superwind.
First Look XMM-Newton EPIC Observations of the Prototypical Starburst Galaxy M82
Furthermore, if the time-averaged accretion rate in T Tauri stars is higher than previously suspected, this might explain age spreads seen in some star forming regions.
Evidence for high accretion-rates in Weak-Line T Tauri stars?
We have not been able to identify this left adjoint and suspect it has no simple description.
Weak Omega Categories I
We suspect that the slowest shuffle in this class is the ”star t ranspositions” shuffle, for which Lt = 0 for all t, and the mixing time is (1 + o(1))n log n by .
Shuffling by semi-random transpositions
We suspect that one cannot prove a subexponential bound for Random-Edge on cubes with our methods.
Two New Bounds on the Random-Edge Simplex Algorithm
We suspect that this is connected to the fact that the phase transition has infinite exponent.
The phase transition in inhomogeneous random graphs
We suspect that the above methods can be extended to the even more general case of planar bipartite graphs, also enumerated (without geodesic distance) by two-matrix models.
Integrability of graph combinatorics via random walks and heaps of dimers
We note however, that the matrix elements and entanglement generation appear to approach CUE more slowly than the other properties leading us to suspect that there may be a connection.
Matrix Element Distribution as a Signature of Entanglement Generation
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