What does distrust mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. misgiving, mistrust, distrust, suspicion(noun)

    doubt about someone's honesty

  2. distrust, distrustfulness, mistrust(verb)

    the trait of not trusting others

  3. distrust, mistrust, suspect(verb)

    regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in


  1. distrust(Noun)

    Lack of trust or confidence.

    Etymology: From dis- + trust

  2. distrust(Verb)

    To put no trust in; to have no confidence in.

    Etymology: From dis- + trust

Webster Dictionary

  1. Distrust(verb)

    to feel absence of trust in; not to confide in or rely upon; to deem of questionable sufficiency or reality; to doubt; to be suspicious of; to mistrust

    Etymology: [Cf. Mistrust.]

  2. Distrust(noun)

    doubt of sufficiency, reality, or sincerity; want of confidence, faith, or reliance; as, distrust of one's power, authority, will, purposes, schemes, etc

    Etymology: [Cf. Mistrust.]

  3. Distrust(noun)

    suspicion of evil designs

    Etymology: [Cf. Mistrust.]

  4. Distrust(noun)

    state of being suspected; loss of trust

    Etymology: [Cf. Mistrust.]


  1. Distrust

    Distrust is a formal way of not trusting any one party too much in a situation of grave risk or deep doubt. It is commonly expressed in civics as a division or balance of powers, or in politics as means of validating treaty terms. Systems based on distrust simply divide the responsibility so that checks and balances can operate. The phrase "Trust, but verify" refers specifically to distrust. An electoral system or adversarial process inevitably is based on distrust, but not on mistrust. Parties compete in the system, but they do not compete to subvert the system itself, or gain bad faith advantage through it - if they do they are easily caught by the others. Of course much mistrust does exist between parties, and it is exactly this which motivates putting in place a formal system of distrust. Diplomatic protocol for instance, which applies between states, relies on such means as formal disapproval which in effect say "we do not trust that person". It also tends to rely on a strict etiquette - distrusting each person's habits to signal their intent, and instead relying on a global standard for behaviour in sensitive social settings. A protocol as defined in computer science uses a more formal idea of distrust itself. Different parts of a system are not supposed to "trust" each other but rather perform specific assertions, requests and validations. Once these are passed, the responsibility for errors lies strictly with the receiving part of the system, not that which sent the original information. Applying this principle inside one program is called contract-based design.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Distrust

    dis-trust′, n. want of trust: want of faith or confidence: doubt.—v.t. to have no trust in: to disbelieve: to doubt.—adj. Distrust′ful, full of distrust: apt to distrust: suspicious.—adv. Distrust′fully.—n. Distrust′fulness.—adj. Distrust′less.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of distrust in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of distrust in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of distrust in a Sentence

  1. Fernando Melendez:

    The only thing foreign companies have done is pollute and foment distrust among local populations, we don't see any benefits and remain an impoverished region.

  2. The Washington Post:

    Given Putin's background -- a trained career KGB officer -- Vladimir Putin has a very astute and sophisticated understanding of the tools that Vladimir Putin can use to interfere with our election process and to sow discord and distrust, which Vladimir Putin is doing fairly well.

  3. Thomas Kochan:

    To ignore the range of issues just breeds more distrust and will lead to more aggressive forms of protests in the future, american companies haven't quite grasped the lessons of history yet.

  4. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi:

    Unfortunately, Congressman Ratcliffe has shown an unacceptable embrace of conspiracy theories and a clear disrespect and distrust of our law enforcement and intelligence patriots that disqualify him from leading America's intelligence community.

  5. Mariano Rajoy:

    I can understand the irritation and distrust of our citizens but suspicion should not be leveled at everyone, most politicians are decent people. Spain is not corrupt.

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