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[in-krej-uh-luh s] /ɪnˈkrɛdʒ ə ləs/
not credulous; disinclined or indisposed to believe; skeptical.
indicating or showing unbelief:
an incredulous smile.
1525-35; < Latin incrēdulus. See in-3, credulous
Related forms
incredulously, adverb
incredulousness, noun
Can be confused
incredible, incredulous.
unbelieving. See doubtful. Unabridged
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  • They were incredulous, but did not dare to undeceive themselves.
  • The two smile politely but disbelievingly-incredulous that what is a small fortune by local standards might be within their grasp.
  • After the incident, her incredulous husband shallowly suggests that she needs a hobby.
  • Her friends are incredulous and soon grow extremely jealous.
  • Developers and others concerned with the dangers of endangerment raised incredulous voices.
  • Use of the law drew incredulous responses from some public officials.
  • They may not be lobbying for this incredulous change, then again, they may not have had anything they felt needed changing.
  • Pushing this cost down onto those who were strongly regulated and did not cause the problem is improper and incredulous.
  • Sometimes, people seem incredulous about my optimism.
  • They were incredulous and deeply thankful to be alive.
British Dictionary definitions for incredulous


(often foll by of) not prepared or willing to believe (something); unbelieving
Derived Forms
incredulously, adverb
incredulousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for incredulous

"unbelieving," 1570s, from Latin incredulus "unbelieving, incredulous," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + credulus (see credulous). Formerly also of religious beliefs. Related: Incredulously; incredulousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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