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incredulous

[in-krej-uh-luh s] /ɪnˈkrɛdʒ ə ləs/
adjective
1.
not credulous; disinclined or indisposed to believe; skeptical.
2.
indicating or showing unbelief:
an incredulous smile.
Origin of incredulous
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin incrēdulus. See in-3, credulous
Related forms
incredulously, adverb
incredulousness, noun
Can be confused
incredible, incredulous.
Synonyms
unbelieving. See doubtful.
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  • But she was there, looking at him as she had when he told her she was beautiful, the same hint of incredulousness in her eyes.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • The prevailing trait in their mental attitude is incredulousness.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • He hoped she would laugh it away, but she only looked at him, her lips parted, a hint of incredulousness in her eyes.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • She fed her incredulousness indignantly on the evidence confounding it.

  • I cried, with an incredulousness that I immediately perceived was rude.

  • She tried to meet the drawn misery and incredulousness of his face with a laugh of reassurance.

    The Portion of Labor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • incredulousness was written on the quiet face that looked up at him from the armchair.

    A Black Adonis Linn Boyd Porter
  • Then he had hurriedly scrawled the check, which she took in spite of her incredulousness of its worth.

    The Debtor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
British Dictionary definitions for incredulousness

incredulous

/ɪnˈkrɛdjʊləs/
adjective
1.
(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 incredulousness

incredulous

adj.

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

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