A suspect is a person who is believed to be guilty of a crime. If you leave the scene of a murder with blood on your hands and a weapon in your pocket, you’re likely to become a prime suspect.

If others believe you have committed a crime, you are a suspect. The word can also be used as a verb and an adjective. To suspect someone of something is to believe that they probably did it. Do you ever suspect your parents of taking some of your Halloween candy? If something such as someone's excuse or motive is suspect, it seems a bit off. That bad-smelling piece of fish is suspect — you'd better not eat it.

Definitions of suspect

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

distrust, mistrust
bank, rely, swear, trust
have confidence or faith in
lack confidence in or have doubts about
Type of:
disbelieve, discredit
reject as false; refuse to accept

v hold in suspicion; believe to be guilty

“The U.S. suspected Bin Laden as the mastermind behind the terrorist attacks”
Type of:
guess, imagine, opine, reckon, suppose, think
expect, believe, or suppose

v imagine to be the case or true or probable

“I suspect he is a fugitive”
Type of:
guess, hazard, pretend, venture
put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation

n someone who is under suspicion

murder suspect
someone suspected of committing murder
rape suspect
someone who is suspected of committing rape
robbery suspect
someone suspected of committing robbery
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

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

complainant, plaintiff
a person who brings an action in a court of law
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a defendant in a criminal proceeding
co-defendant, codefendant
a defendant who has been joined together with one or more other defendants in a single action
co-respondent, corespondent
the codefendant charged with adultery with the estranged spouse in a divorce proceeding
the codefendant (especially in a divorce proceeding) who is accused of adultery with the corespondent
Type of:
litigant, litigator
(law) a party to a lawsuit; someone involved in litigation

adj not as expected

“her motives were suspect
fishy, funny, shady, suspicious
subject to question

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