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[dis-bi-leev] /ˌdɪs bɪˈliv/
verb (used with object), disbelieved, disbelieving.
to have no belief in; refuse or reject belief in:
to disbelieve reports of UFO sightings.
verb (used without object), disbelieved, disbelieving.
to refuse or reject belief; have no belief.
Origin of disbelieve
1635-45; dis-1 + believe
Related forms
disbeliever, noun
disbelievingly, adverb
Can be confused
disbelieve, misbelieve. Unabridged
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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


(transitive) to reject as false or lying; refuse to accept as true or truthful
(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

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

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