Definition of “suspicion” - English Dictionary

“suspicion” in British English

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uk /səˈspɪʃ.ən/ us /səˈspɪʃ.ən/

suspicion noun (FEELING)

B2 [ C ] a belief or idea that something may be true:

[ + that ] I have a suspicion that he only asked me out because my brother persuaded him to.
She had a nagging/sneaking suspicion that she might have sent the letter to the wrong address.

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  • I've got a sneaking suspicion that we're going the wrong way.
  • We always had the suspicion that their marriage was not happy.
  • I had a suspicion that he was up to something.
  • They had been fooling me all along, and I had no suspicion.
  • I had no suspicion that the firm might close.

suspicion noun (BELIEF IN SOMEONE'S GUILT)

C1 [ C or U ] a feeling or belief that someone has committed a crime or done something wrong:

"I'm arresting you on suspicion of illegally possessing drugs," said the police officer.
In these cases, the parents usually come under suspicion.
usually UK She is under suspicion of murder.
In this particular case, they are above/beyond suspicion (= cannot be thought to be guilty).
His strange behaviour aroused/raised his neighbours' suspicions.

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(Definition of “suspicion” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“suspicion” in American English

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us /səˈspɪʃ·ən/

suspicion noun (FEELING OR BELIEF)

[ C ] a feeling or belief that something is likely or true:

[ + that clause ] There are suspicions that he may not be able to play at all.

suspicion noun (BELIEF IN GUILT)

[ C/U ] the belief that someone is guilty of something:

[ C ] His strange behavior raised suspicions among his co-workers.

suspicion noun (DOUBT)

[ U ] lack of belief in someone or something; doubt:

Because he was a new arrival, other workers looked at him with suspicion.

(Definition of “suspicion” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)