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suspect

A person identified as possibly having an interest in buying, but who has not yet been contacted or has not yet given any evidence of interest. Contrast with a prospect, who has indicated some interest in buying and who appears to have the desire and the ability to purchase.

References in classic literature ?
I returned to the perusal of the newspaper, strongly suspecting that Miss Halcombe and Miss Fairlie had a secret between them which they were keeping from Sir Percival, and keeping from me.
I told him if those were all his objections I would soon remove them, and convince him that there was not the least room for any difficulty; for that, first, as for suspecting him, if ever I should do it, now is the time to suspect him, and not put the trust into his hands, and whenever I did suspect him, he could but throw it up then and refuse to go any further.
Saturday, Wilkin tried to pull over a car on Nordhoff Street after suspecting the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, said CSUN spokesman John Chandler.
In this case, the Court concluded that the officer was justified in suspecting that Wardlow was involved in criminal activity and investigating further because Wardlow was both present in an area of expected criminal activity and fled upon seeing the police.