• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Suspectful Apt to suspect or mistrust; full of suspicion; suspicious; as, to be suspectful of the motives of others.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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.
    • suspectful Apt to suspect or mistrust.
    • suspectful Exciting suspicion.
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  • Vaclav Havel
    “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
    “He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.”
  • Lord Byron
    “Where there is mystery, it is generally suspected there must also be evil.”
  • Friedrich Wasiman
    Friedrich Wasiman
    “I have always suspected that correctness is the last refuge of those who have nothing to say.”
  • Desiderius Erasmus
    “It is wisdom in prosperity, when all is as thou wouldn't have it, to fear and suspect the worst.”


In literature:

Did he suspect that the young lady had been admiring her own pretty face, and not the moth?
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
And the miserable fellow doesn't suspect it.
"His Excellency the Minister" by Jules Claretie
John, you have thought so, perhaps, just as I did, but I learned that these affections of ours are deeper than we suspect.
"Miss Caprice" by St. George Rathborne
I suspect him to be a bushranger in disguise.
"The Gold Hunter's Adventures" by William H. Thomes
You suspected him of having opened it, and I confess that you made me suspect him, too.
"Marietta" by F. Marion Crawford
If it be as I suspect, she must be in the plot.
"The Lost Treasure of Trevlyn" by Evelyn Everett-Green
This is enough to make me suspect an error in my process of reasoning, though I am not able to detect it.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
It cannot but damp the pleasure of cordiality, when we suspect that it is suspected.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Later, we'll let him suspect who the younger son was.
"Elster's Folly" by Mrs. Henry Wood
I suspect this copy to be rather cropt.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Two" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin

In poetry:

Though I suspect the term is crap,
There is a Generation Gap,
Who is to blame? Those, old or young,
Who will not learn their Mother-Tongue.
"Doggerel" by W H Auden
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
And not a perfume spills upon the air
But his malicious nose suspects a poison,
As he goes browsing like an ancient ass,
An old distempered ass.
"Friendship" by John Crowe Ransom
But if, at first, her virgin fear
Should start at love's suspected name,
With that of friendship soothe her ear —
True love and friendship are the same.
"The Lover's Fate" by James Thomson
The suspected they took away,
Upon a dark and dreary day,
To Dumfries prison, where she lay
Until her trial;
For all that they could do or say, She made denial.
"The Death Of Thomas Stoddart" by Susannah Hawkins
What should a maiden be? Pure as the rill,
Ere it has left its first home in the hill;
Thinking no evil, suspecting no guile,
Cherishing nought that can harm or defile.
"Simplex Munditiis" by E W Bowling

In news:

Police suspect homicide after body found in Ga. Gwinnett Daily Post.
Police suspect foul play after body found at Kentucky Derby track.
Police don't suspect foul play after body found in Okolona.
Investigators are seeking a suspect or suspects in a rash of burglaries.
Iran's military is to test a new air defense system modeled after the US Hawk system as tensions with the West escalate over the country's suspect nuclear program, the Iranian state TV reported Monday.
Yep, it's something I have always suspected.
Salem bar shooting suspect arrested in Portland area.
Authorities arrested a 23-year-old Salem man Thursday who is suspected of shooting four people in the parking lot of a Salem bar almost a week ago.
Former athlete, homicide suspect denied bond in Omaha bar shooting.
Bar shooting suspect shot by police in Hayward.
Suspect charged in Alabama bar shooting that wounded 17.
Suspect in custody in Alabama bar shooting.
Alabama bar shooting suspect charged.
The suspect was apprehended inside a Bowie home.
A woman and child were released unhurt but the suspect has barricaded himself inside of the home.

In science:

The temperatures derived here are somewhat lower than the temperatures we originally used to select the stars, but not enough to make a difference with respect to the sample selection, as we suspected (Paper vii).
A survey for pulsating subdwarf B stars with the Nordic Optical Telescope
HS 2125+1105 is clearly a stable pulsator, as the same oscillation period was detected in six sequences spanning four years, but we would suspect more frequencies to be discovered with more dedicated follow-up.
A survey for pulsating subdwarf B stars with the Nordic Optical Telescope
We suspect that the Hausdorff dimension of the limit set (observe that for m > 1/ρ(P ) the BRW is recurrent and the limit set equals the full boundary) depends on the decay of the return probabilities.
On the trace of branching random walks
We see no reason to suspect that the nature of the localization transition is different between infinite and finite nonzero temperature, although the transition at strictly zero temperature is certainly different.
The many-body localization transition
We suspect that the efficiency of the sampling is due to a concentration of measure phenomenon.
Statistical properties of random matrix product states