incredulous
[ in-krej-uh-luhs ]
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Part of Speechadjective, adjectiveOrigin + Etymology
16th century; from the Latin incredulous (from in- "not" + credulous "believing, trusting," from credere "believe") + -ous
Synonyms
adjective
suspiciousdoubtful
adjective
hesitantquizzicalskeptical
Antonyms
adjective
believing
adjective
certaindefinitesureunquestionable
Definition
adjectiveindicating or showing unbelief
adjectivenot credulous; disinclined or indisposed to believe; skeptical
Examples
adjectiveA) He felt the need to backtrack on his claims when seeing his friend's incredulous look. B) She allowed an incredulous frown to cross her face before she resumed her professional mannerisms.
adjectiveA) Her fantastical stories about her time in Paris failed to impress her incredulous peers, who had long since stopped believing her tales. B) She wanted to be excited about the promotion, but something about the details left her feeling incredulous.
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