suspect


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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.

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And I, who had hit upon the very hour of the occurrence of the tragedy, almost convinced that Darzac was not the criminal, and knowing of the cane, I still never suspected Larsan.
Then I suppose it's Ferdishenko; that is, I mean, you suspect Ferdishenko?"
"The other officer has done a world of harm to this inquiry, by letting the servants see that he suspected them.
"Yes, when the house where he fraternizes is suspected."
Willoughby certainly does not deserve to be suspected. Though WE have not known him long, he is no stranger in this part of the world; and who has ever spoken to his disadvantage?
"If you happened to meet with the suspected man," he said, "have you any means of identifying him?"
In the interval between the time of the dialogue in the last chapter, and this day of public entertainment, Sophia had, from certain obscure hints thrown out by her aunt, collected some apprehension that the sagacious lady suspected her passion for Jones.
"You have yourself declared that we wronged an innocent woman when we suspected Mrs.
"I accuse nobody, and I suspect nothing," she broke out abruptly.
What Colonel MacAndrew had told me seemed very improbable, and I suspected that Mrs.
I suspected you of being concerned in the disaster which had overtaken me -- because I felt positively certain at Aldborough that you and Mrs.
He advised great statesmen to examine into the diet of all suspected persons; their times of eating; upon which side they lay in bed; with which hand they wipe their posteriors; take a strict view of their excrements, and, from the colour, the odour, the taste, the consistence, the crudeness or maturity of digestion, form a judgment of their thoughts and designs; because men are never so serious, thoughtful, and intent, as when they are at stool, which he found by frequent experiment; for, in such conjunctures, when he used, merely as a trial, to consider which was the best way of murdering the king, his ordure would have a tincture of green; but quite different, when he thought only of raising an insurrection, or burning the metropolis.