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incredulous

[in-krej-uh-luhs]
adjective
  1. not credulous; disinclined or indisposed to believe; skeptical.
  2. indicating or showing unbelief: an incredulous smile.
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Origin of incredulous

From the Latin word incrēdulus, dating back to 1525–35. See in-3, credulous
Related formsin·cred·u·lous·ly, adverbin·cred·u·lous·ness, noun
Can be confusedincredible incredulous

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  • I looked at him incredulously, and my father's face expressed no little astonishment.

    Freeland

    Theodor Hertzka

  • He was studying it incredulously, when Sunnysides suddenly resolved all doubts.

  • She raised her eyes, and Lieut. D'Hubert stared into them incredulously.

    A Set of Six

    Joseph Conrad

  • Thorvald stared at him incredulously, then with a growing spark of interest.

    Storm Over Warlock

    Andre Norton

  • She thought she saw him look at her incredulously in the dark, but was not sure.

    The Call of the Blood

    Robert Smythe Hichens


British Dictionary definitions for incredulously

incredulous

adjective
  1. (often foll by of) not prepared or willing to believe (something); unbelieving
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Derived Formsincredulously, adverbincredulousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for incredulously

incredulous

adj.

"unbelieving," 1570s, from Latin incredulus "unbelieving, incredulous," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + credulus (see credulous). Formerly also of religious beliefs. Related: Incredulously; incredulousness.

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