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- Skeptical, disbelieving, or unable to believe. [from 16th c.]
- 1913 January–May, Edgar Rice Burroughs, “The Gods of Mars”, in The All-Story, New York, N.Y.: Frank A. Munsey Co., OCLC 17392886; republished as “A Break for Liberty”, in The Gods of Mars, New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1918, OCLC 639726183, page 191:
- Xodar listened in incredulous astonishment to my narration of the events which had transpired within the arena at the rites of Issus.
- Expressing or indicative of incredulity. [from 17th c.]
- (largely obsolete, now only nonstandard) Difficult to believe; incredible. [from 17th c.]
- c. 1601–1602, William Shakespeare, “Twelfe Night, or VVhat You VVill”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [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, quoted in David C. Brody, James R. Acker, and Wayne A. Logan, Criminal Law, 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.
difficult to believe; incredible