incredulous

adjective
in·​cred·​u·​lous | \ (ˌ)in-ˈkre-jə-ləs How to pronounce incredulous (audio) , -dyə-ləs\

Definition of incredulous

1 : unwilling to admit or accept what is offered as true : not credulous : skeptical
3 : expressing incredulity an incredulous stare

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Other Words from incredulous

incredulously adverb

Can incredulous mean 'incredible'?: Usage Guide

Sense 2 was revived in the 20th century after a couple of centuries of disuse. Although it is a sense with good literary precedent—among others Shakespeare used it—it is widely regarded as an error resulting from confusion with incredible, and its occurrence in published writing is rare.

Examples of incredulous in a Sentence

"Afraid not." I made an expression to show that I was as incredulous about this as he was. — Bill Bryson, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, 1999 A tweed-encased fogey, he's allergic to technology, persnickety about language, and incredulous that anyone could object to his incessant smoking. — John Powers, Vogue, March 1998 He was greeted with incredulous laughter. — Robert M. Hutchins, Center Magazine, September 1968 … no obstacle, no incredulous or unsafe circumstance … — William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, 1602 She listened to his explanation with an incredulous smile. He was incredulous at the news. Many people were incredulous that such a small fire could have caused so much damage.
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Recent Examples on the Web

But because the internet loves a good ~miracle~ story, this video has racked up 87 million views, nearly 2 million shares, and over 160,000 incredulous comments. Redbook, "People Are Freaking Out Over This Video of a Newborn Baby 'Walking'," 30 May 2017 Opposition lawmakers were incredulous at the position Poland was in. Marc Santora, BostonGlobe.com, "Poland softens Holocaust law, removes criminal penalties for those accused of implicating nation," 28 June 2018 JRod and Pardew looked incredulous at the accusation. SI.com, "Jay Rodriguez Faces FA Enquiry Following Alleged Comments Towards Brighton Defender Gaëtan Bong," 14 Jan. 2018 Opposition lawmakers were incredulous at the position Poland was in. Marc Santora, BostonGlobe.com, "Poland softens Holocaust law, removes criminal penalties for those accused of implicating nation," 28 June 2018 According to the police report, Bartlett was incredulous at his detention. Curt Anderson, The Seattle Times, "Miami prosecutor probing MLK traffic incident as hate crime," 22 Jan. 2019 Opposition lawmakers were incredulous at the position Poland was in. Marc Santora, BostonGlobe.com, "Poland softens Holocaust law, removes criminal penalties for those accused of implicating nation," 28 June 2018 Opposition lawmakers were incredulous at the position Poland was in. Marc Santora, BostonGlobe.com, "Poland softens Holocaust law, removes criminal penalties for those accused of implicating nation," 28 June 2018 Larry Scott doesn’t believe the Pac-12 has a credibility issue, a conclusion that made me, well, incredibly incredulous. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "Pac-12, Conference of Champions? Right now, ‘Conference of Credibility Issues’ is a better nickname," 23 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of incredulous

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for incredulous

Latin incredulus, from in- + credulus credulous

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More Definitions for incredulous

incredulous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of incredulous

: not able or willing to believe something : feeling or showing a lack of belief

incredulous

adjective
in·​cred·​u·​lous | \ in-ˈkre-jə-ləs How to pronounce incredulous (audio) \

Kids Definition of incredulous

: feeling or showing disbelief

Other Words from incredulous

incredulously adverb

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