incredulous

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From Latin incredulus (unbelieving).

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incredulous (comparative more incredulous, superlative most incredulous)

  1. Skeptical, disbelieving, or unable to believe. [from 16th c.]
  2. Expressing or indicative of incredulity. [from 17th c.]
  3. (obsolete, except as nonstandard) Difficult to believe; incredible. [from 17th c.]
    • 1601, William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, III.4:
      Why euery thing adheres togither, that no dramme of a scruple, no scruple of a scruple, no obstacle, no incredulous or vnsafe circumstance [...].
    • 1984, Supreme Court of Illinois, opinion in People v Terrell, 459 N.E.2d 1337,[1] quoted in David C. Brody, James R. Acker, and Wayne A. Logan, Criminal Law,[2] Jones & Bartlett Publishers (2001), ISBN 0-8342-1083-5, page 564,
      Faced with these facts, we find it incredulous that [the] defendant had any intent other than the armed robbery of the service station.

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