sus·pect 1 /'səs-ˌpekt, sə-'spekt/ adj [Latin suspectus, from past participle of suspicere to look up at, regard with awe, suspect, from sub- sus- up, secretly + specere to look at]: regarded or deserving to be regarded with suspicion or heightened scrutinysus·pect 2 /'səs-ˌpekt/ n: a person suspected of a crime; also: a person apprehended for but not yet charged with an offensesus·pect 3 /sə-'spekt/ vt1: to imagine (one) to be guilty on slight evidence or without proof2: to imagine to exist or be probablethey had reasonable cause to suspect abuse
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
accused, accused person, alleged malfeasor, alleged offender, alleged transgressor, alleged wrongdoer, individual under suspicion, one suspected of a crime, person accused of crime, presumed wrongdoer, suspected criminal
associated concepts: defendant
be doubtful, be dubious, be skeptical, be suspicious, disbelieve, doubt, feel distrust, harbor suspicious, have no confidence in, lack confidence in, misdoubt, misgive, mistrust, question, without reliance in
associated concepts: suspect of wrongdoing
assume, be of the opinion, believe, conclude, conjecture, consider, deduce, deem, divine, fancy, gather, guess, have the idea, hold, hypothesize, imagine, infer, judge, opine, posit, presume, presuppose, reckon, speculate, suppose, surmise, suspicari, suspicionem habere, take for granted, theorize, understand, view
assume (suppose), controversial, debatable, deem, disbelieve, discount (disbelieve), disputable, doubt (distrust), dubitative, expect (consider probable), guess, incredible, infer, leery, ludicrous, misdoubt, mistrust, opine, presume, presumptive, presuppose, surmise, suspicious (questionable), unbelievable, uncertain (questionable)
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006
n.A person who is believed to have committed a crime.v.To believe without proof that someone has committed a crime or misdeed; to have some slight idea that something is the case without having any proof.adj.Untrustworthy; unreliable; potentially dangerous.
The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008.
1 n. A person believed to have committed a crime and who is, therefore, being investigated by the police.2 v. Having a slight belief or a vague idea but not a knowledge that something happened or that someone did something.
Webster's New World Law Dictionary. Susan Ellis Wild. 2000.