What is a single word to convey the sense of "inaccurate suspicion," but that tends to infer a bit of unfairness, such as

It is immoral to use brutal force in response to [inaccurate suspicion].

  • Are you saying if I know you suspect me of doing something that I, of course, know I didn’t do, it’s immoral of me to use brutal force in my response to your attacks on me? – Jim Oct 22 '17 at 4:28
  • @jim No, I’m saying that if a nation or some other entity has the sneeking suspicion that some other entity has it out for them, it is wrong for them to completely annihilate them. And anyway, it’s just a silly example sentence... I would have to sit and think about whether I actually agree with it. – General Nuisance Oct 22 '17 at 13:55
  • At that point it’s not known to be inaccurate though (except possibly by the object of suspicion) - it’s just a suspicion. – Jim Oct 22 '17 at 15:13
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    Related. – tchrist Oct 25 '17 at 18:33

Suspicion is suspicion. Whether your suspicion is based on assumptions or not, it is always the feeling or belief that something may be possible or true.

You can't have a bad suspicion nor a good suspicion. What you suspect to be possible is really what is at stake here, whether good or bad. The suspicion itself, however, cannot inherently be bad or good, only the actual event.

  • I didn’t say anything about good or bad, only accurate or inaccurate. – General Nuisance Oct 22 '17 at 13:57

Inaccurate suspicion is supposition, but, as commented below, I think misconception is closer in meaning to the above question which is dealing not with a prior, unvoiced, suspicion but is about a suspicion that becomes active - so misconception would then be more appropriate, I feel.


A view or opinion that is incorrect because based on faulty thinking or understanding.‘public misconceptions about antibiotic use’

Oxford Dictionary

supposition ˌsʌpəˈzɪʃ(ə)n/Submit noun

a belief held without proof or certain knowledge; an assumption or hypothesis. "they were working on the supposition that his death was murder"

Google Dictionary

  • But that’s just suspicion. inaccurate suspicion would be when that suspicion is known to be incorrect. For example: “They were working under the misconception that his death was murder” – Jim Oct 22 '17 at 5:26
  • I like that definition, although supposition seems to have slightly different underlying tones to me. Much like Jim said. – General Nuisance Oct 22 '17 at 13:59

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