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Inclined to believe or confide readily; full of trust.

trust′ful·ly adv.
trust′ful·ness n.
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(ˈtrʌstfʊl) or


characterized by a tendency or readiness to trust others
ˈtrustfully, ˈtrustingly adv
ˈtrustfulness, ˈtrustingness n
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(ˈtrʌst fəl)

full of trust; free of distrust, suspicion, etc.; confiding.
trust′ful•ly, adv.
trust′ful•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.trustful - inclined to believe or confide readilytrustful - inclined to believe or confide readily; full of trust; "great brown eye, true and trustful"- Nordhoff & Hall
credulous - disposed to believe on little evidence; "the gimmick would convince none but the most credulous"
distrustful - having or showing distrust; "a man of distrustful nature"; "my other fields of law has made me distrustful of rules of thumb generally"- B.N.Cardozo; "vigilant and distrustful superintendence"- Thomas Jefferson
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[ˈtrʌstfʊ] ADJconfiado
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[ˈtrʌstfʊl] adjconfiant(e)trust fund nfonds m en fidéicommis
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adj look, expressionvertrauensvoll; person alsogutgläubig, arglos
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[ˈtrʌstfʊl] trusting [ˈtrʌstɪŋ] adjfiducioso/a
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References in classic literature ?
"Natasha, you love me?" she said in a soft trustful whisper.
She put her nose up to him in a friendly, trustful way, while he rubbed it gently.
My gay American horizons were bathed in the vast melancholy of the Slav, patient, agnostic, trustful. At the same time nature revealed herself to me through him with an intimacy she had not hitherto shown me.
Steerforth, without any displeasure; 'but I remember, - and so must you, I think, - when your manner was different, Rosa; when it was not so guarded, and was more trustful.'
So the spring days came and went , the sky grew clearer, the earth greener, the flowers were up fairly early, and the birds came back in time to say goodbye to Beth, who, like a tired but trustful child, clung to the hands that had led her all her life, as Father and Mother guided her tenderly through the Valley of the Shadow, and gave her up to God.
It made no difference of course, but he would rather have found her like that, the child with sweet, trustful eyes and a laughing mouth.
Nancy's lips parted abruptly, as if there were angry words all ready to come; but her eyes, resting on Pollyanna's jubilantly trustful face, saw something that prevented the words being spoken.
A smile crossed his face then, and he turned his eyes on me with a trustful look, as if he were confident that I had seen some small redeeming touch in him, even so long ago as when I was a little child.
A little trustful pressure was my answer and my reward; meanwhile the black was singing out lustily in evident suspicion and alarm.
But, another glance around called to her mind all that had lately passed, and she sprung from her bed, hoping and trustful.
She saw that he was not an ordinary person, and perhaps she did not want him to be other than he appeared to her trustful eyes.
`Miss Lingard,' he went on, `is an absolutely trustful heart.