Variation Evidence ↔ Suspicion

questioning a belief based on evidence

Suspicion is a preliminary conclusion arrived at with insufficient evidence. It is valuable in helping one know what kinds of things to look for in gathering additional evidence. But it can also be a detriment because once a character suspects something, he is less likely to examine all the evidence for a completely alternative explanation.

syn. wary approach, partially justified apprehensiveness, informed doubt, doubt based on evidence, sensible caution