What does suspect mean?

Definitions for suspect
səˈspɛkt; ˈsʌs pɛkt; ˈsʌs pɛkt, səˈspɛktsus·pect

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. suspectnoun

    someone who is under suspicion

  2. defendant, suspectadjective

    a person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law; the person being sued or accused

  3. fishy, funny, shady, suspect, suspiciousverb

    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"

  4. suspect, surmiseverb

    imagine to be the case or true or probable

    "I suspect he is a fugitive"; "I surmised that the butler did it"

  5. distrust, mistrust, suspectverb

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

  6. suspectverb

    hold in suspicion; believe to be guilty

    "The U.S. suspected Bin Laden as the mastermind behind the terrorist attacks"

Wiktionary

  1. suspectnoun

    A person who is suspected of something, in particular of committing a crime.

    Round up the usual suspects. uE000146841uE001 Casablanca

  2. suspectverb

    To imagine or suppose (something) to be true without evidence.

    I suspect his theory.

  3. suspectverb

    To distrust or have doubts about (something or someone).

    I suspect him of lying.

  4. suspectverb

    To believe (someone) to be guilty.

    If you asked me who the thief is, I would suspect him.

  5. suspectverb

    To have suspicion.

  6. suspectadjective

    To be viewed with suspicion.

    The figures in these accounts look suspect uE000146842uE001 I think someone has been cooking the books.

Wikipedia

  1. Suspect

    In law enforcement jargon, a suspect is a known person accused or suspected of committing a crime. Police and reporters in the United States often use the word suspect as a jargon when referring to the perpetrator of the offense (perp in dated US slang). However, in official definition, the perpetrator is the robber, assailant, counterfeiter, etc.—the person who committed the crime. The distinction between suspect and perpetrator recognizes that the suspect is not known to have committed the offense, while the perpetrator—who may not yet have been suspected of the crime, and is thus not necessarily a suspect—is the one who did. The suspect may be a different person from the perpetrator, or there may have been no actual crime, which would mean there is no perpetrator.A common error in police reports is a witness description of the suspect (as a witness generally describes a perpetrator, while a mug shot is of a suspect). Frequently it is stated that police are looking for the suspect, when there is no suspect; the police could be looking for a suspect, but they are surely looking for the perpetrator, and very often it is impossible to tell from such a police report whether there is a suspect or not. Possibly because of the misuse of "suspect" to mean "perpetrator", police in the late 20th and early 21st century began to use person of interest, possible suspect, and even possible person of interest, to mean suspect.Under the judicial systems of the U.S., once a decision is approved to arrest a suspect, or bind him over for trial, either by a prosecutor issuing an information, a grand jury issuing a true bill or indictment, or a judge issuing an arrest warrant, the suspect can then be properly called a defendant, or the accused. Only after being convicted is the suspect properly called the perpetrator.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Suspectadjective

    suspicious; inspiring distrust

    Etymology: [LL. suspectus. See Suspect, a.]

  2. Suspectadjective

    suspected; distrusted

    Etymology: [LL. suspectus. See Suspect, a.]

  3. Suspectadjective

    suspicion

    Etymology: [LL. suspectus. See Suspect, a.]

  4. Suspectadjective

    one who, or that which, is suspected; an object of suspicion; -- formerly applied to persons and things; now, only to persons suspected of crime

    Etymology: [LL. suspectus. See Suspect, a.]

  5. Suspectverb

    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

    Etymology: [LL. suspectus. See Suspect, a.]

  6. Suspectverb

    to imagine to be guilty, upon slight evidence, or without proof; as, to suspect one of equivocation

    Etymology: [LL. suspectus. See Suspect, a.]

  7. Suspectverb

    to hold to be uncertain; to doubt; to mistrust; to distruct; as, to suspect the truth of a story

    Etymology: [LL. suspectus. See Suspect, a.]

  8. Suspectverb

    to look up to; to respect

    Etymology: [LL. suspectus. See Suspect, a.]

  9. Suspectverb

    to imagine guilt; to have a suspicion or suspicions; to be suspicious

    Etymology: [LL. suspectus. See Suspect, a.]

Freebase

  1. Suspect

    In the law enforcement jargon, a suspect is a known person suspected of committing a crime. Police and reporters in the United States often incorrectly use the word suspect when referring to the perpetrator of the offense. The perpetrator is the robber, assailant, counterfeiter, etc. --the person who actually committed the crime. The distinction between suspect and perpetrator recognizes that the suspect is not known to have committed the offense, while the perpetrator—who may not yet have been suspected of the crime, and is thus not necessarily a suspect—is the one who actually did. The suspect may be a different person from the perpetrator, or there may have been no actual crime, which would mean there is no perpetrator. A common error in police reports is a witness description of the suspect. Frequently it is stated that police are looking for the suspect, when there is no suspect; the police could be looking for a suspect, but they are surely looking for the perpetrator, and very often it is impossible to tell from such a police report whether there is a suspect or not. Possibly because of the misuse of suspect to mean perpetrator, police in the early 21st century began to use person of interest, possible suspect, and even possible person of interest, to mean suspect.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Suspect

    sus-pekt′, v.t. 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. to imagine guilt, to be suspicious.—n. a person suspected.—adv. Suspec′tedly.—n. Suspec′tedness.—adj. Suspect′less, not suspected. [L. suspicĕre, suspectum, to look at secretly—sub, up, specĕre, to look at.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. suspect

    1. In counterdrug operations, a track of interest where correlating information actually ties the track of interest to alleged illegal drug operations. See also counterdrug operations; track of interest. 2. An identity applied to a track that is potentially hostile because of its characteristics, behavior, origin, or nationality. See also assumed friend; hostile; neutral; unknown.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'suspect' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4839

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'suspect' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2302

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'suspect' in Nouns Frequency: #2663

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'suspect' in Verbs Frequency: #471

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of suspect in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of suspect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of suspect in a Sentence

  1. Leonard Lance:

    I suspect some became a 'no' because of that, that certainly didn't help.

  2. Casey Valley:

    The reason I don't think he's talking, and it's kind of an assumption on my part … this suspect is familiar with the criminal justice system, intimately.

  3. Chief Vince Niski:

    When he wasn't invited to a family gathering the suspect responded by opening fire and killing six victims before taking his own life.

  4. Randy Sutton:

    There are risks every officer knows going in, that includes everything from going up against an armed suspect who is going to resist and going to do everything to escape, including shooting to try and kill you, to being struck by a car during a traffic stop.

  5. Rob Portman:

    I suspect he will be appreciative of what we have done.

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  • verdagteAfrikaans
  • مشتبه فيهArabic
  • sospitós, sospitarCatalan, Valencian
  • podezírat, podezřívat, podezřelýCzech
  • suspektDanish
  • Verdächtige, verdächtig, vermuten, misstrauen, Verdacht, verdächtigen, VerdächtigerGerman
  • υποπτεύομαι, ύποπτος, ύποπτηGreek
  • sospecharSpanish
  • مشکوکPersian
  • epäilty, epäilläFinnish
  • soupçonnerFrench
  • संदिग्धHindi
  • gyanakszik, gyanúsít, gyanakodikHungarian
  • կասկածյալArmenian
  • sospettareItalian
  • 疑うJapanese
  • 의심하다Korean
  • осомничена, претпоставува, осомничен, сомнителна, сомнителен, се сомневаMacedonian
  • betwijfelen, verdenken, verdacht, verdachte, wantrouwen, twijfelenDutch
  • podejrzewać, podejrzana, podejrzanyPolish
  • suspeito, suspeita, suspeitarPortuguese
  • подозреваемый, заподозрить, подозревать, полагать, подозреваемаяRussian
  • sumitiSlovene
  • misstänkaSwedish
  • mshukiwaSwahili
  • சந்தேகTamil
  • అనుమానించు, అనుమానితురాలు, అనుమానితుడుTelugu
  • כאָשעדYiddish

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