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Borrowed from Latin incrēdulus (unbelieving).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɪnˈkɹɛdjʊləs/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌɪn.ˈkɹɛ.d͡ʒə.ləs/


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.]
    • 2009 March 18, Reuters, “Sun Micro Troops Fearful, Incredulous About IBM”, in[1], archived from the original on 30 June 2013:
      Reactions at Sun's campus, an hour's drive from San Francisco, ranged from the fearful to the incredulous.
  3. (largely obsolete, now only nonstandard) Difficult to believe; incredible. [from 17th c.]
    • c. 1601–1602 (date written), William Shakespeare, “Twelfe Night, or What You Will”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act III, scene iv]:
      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,[2] quoted in David C. Brody, James R. Acker, and Wayne A. Logan, Criminal Law,[3] Jones & Bartlett Publishers (2001), →ISBN, 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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