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[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 scrutiny
[səs-pekt] n : a person suspected of a crime
: a person apprehended for but not yet charged with an offense
[sə-spekt] vt 1 : to imagine (one) to be guilty on slight evidence or without proof
2 : to imagine to exist or be probable [they had reasonable cause to abuse]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.