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disbelieve

[dis-bi-leev] /ˌdɪs bɪˈliv/
verb (used with object), disbelieved, disbelieving.
1.
to have no belief in; refuse or reject belief in:
to disbelieve reports of UFO sightings.
verb (used without object), disbelieved, disbelieving.
2.
to refuse or reject belief; have no belief.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; dis-1 + believe
Related forms
disbeliever, noun
disbelievingly, adverb
Can be confused
disbelieve, misbelieve.
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Examples from the web for disbelieve
  • There is no reason to disbelieve that they would do that in today's world.
  • Out of which arise astonishment and disbelieve drastically.
  • The capacity of the human mind to disbelieve is astonishing.
  • But people have been raised to disbelieve evolution and to hold other ideas more precious than this knowledge.
  • They will be here long after you are gone, so technically it makes more sense for plants to disbelieve in you.
  • The suspension of disbelieve must be maintained at all costs.
  • Basically, to believe or disbelieve anything that is not in one's experience is foolish.
  • Reality doesn't care what you believe or disbelieve, and it doesn't pick or choose.
  • Additionally, the hearing officer could disbelieve the claimant's testimony and evidence with regard to disability.
  • It is the prerogative of the agency to believe or disbelieve any witness and to decide what weight to accord the evidence.
British Dictionary definitions for disbelieve

disbelieve

/ˌdɪsbɪˈliːv/
verb
1.
(transitive) to reject as false or lying; refuse to accept as true or truthful
2.
(intransitive) usually foll by in. to have no faith (in): disbelieve in God
Derived Forms
disbeliever, noun
disbelieving, adjective
disbelievingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for disbelieve
v.

1640s; see dis- + believe. Related: Disbelieved; disbelieving; disbeliever.

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