non·​be·​lief | \ˌnän-bə-ˈlēf \

Definition of nonbelief 

: absence or lack of belief especially : absence or lack of religious belief nonbelief in God We turn to Dawkins not for his views on sundry social topics, but for clarity on religion and nonbelief. — Jeffrey Tayler

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Synonyms & Antonyms for nonbelief


disbelief, incredulity, unbelief


belief, credence, credit

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In the mid-2000s, atheist figures such as the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris, a writer who has a doctorate in neuroscience, brought nonbelief into the public sphere—and onto the New York Times bestseller list. Isabel Fattal, The Atlantic, "How Should Atheism Be Taught?," 31 Jan. 2018 Yet, religious nonbelief is often heavily stigmatized, potentially leading many atheists to refrain from outing themselves even in anonymous polls. Scott Canon, kansascity, "26 percent of Americans are atheist? Researchers say the godless are undercounted," 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of nonbelief

1653, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonbelief was in 1653

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