not credulous; disinclined or indisposed to believe; skeptical.
indicating or showing unbelief: an incredulous smile.

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

Synonyms for incredulous

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Examples from the Web for incredulousness

Historical Examples of incredulousness

  • The prevailing trait in their mental attitude is incredulousness.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • She fed her incredulousness indignantly on the evidence confounding it.

  • I cried, with an incredulousness that I immediately perceived was rude.

  • She tried to meet the drawn misery and incredulousness of his face with a laugh of reassurance.

    The Portion of Labor

    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

  • Incredulousness was written on the quiet face that looked up at him from the armchair.

    A Black Adonis

    Linn Boyd Porter

British Dictionary definitions for incredulousness



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



"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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