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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin, past participle of suspicere; SUSPECT1

suspect

3 adjective
     
suspect3
1 not likely to be completely honest [= dodgy]:
I've always thought he was a bit of a suspect character.
The company was involved in some highly suspect business dealings.
2 not likely to be completely true:
The two men were convicted on the basis of some highly suspect evidence.
3 likely to have problems and not work well:
The engine sounded a bit suspect.
4 [only before noun] likely to contain a bomb or something illegal or dangerous:
Police were called in to check out a suspect van.

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