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1. Skeptical; disbelieving: incredulous of stories about flying saucers.
2. Expressive of disbelief: an incredulous stare.

[From Latin incrēdulus : in-, not; see in-1 + crēdulus, believing; see credulous.]

in·cred′u·lous·ly adv.
in·cred′u·lous·ness n.
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The refusal or reluctance to believe:
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What the explanation clarified more is her incredulousness,' read the resolution.
Even I broke into a wry smile from the incredulousness of it all, and I had asked that question with genuine intent amid fleeting robot mode as if it were any other match-day that was fast approaching.
"What the hell were you doing up there?" He was turning a corner toward incredulousness.
Members of the defense expressed their incredulousness at this explanation, with one defense lawyer asking the corporal if "someone told [him] to tell these stories to the tribunal."
He always maintains a quality of baffled incredulousness, which is what makes the characters he plays on TV so relatable: Broad City's Lincoln Rice, so steady and pragmatic while everyone else around him is impulsive and reckless; and the chill, skeptical sidekick he plays on the surreal meta-talk show The Eric Andre Show.
His tilted head, frowning lips, shrugged shoulders and hands upturned in gestures of incredulousness lead you to view his politics as anything other than ''speaking the truth'' and ''defending common sense.''
And, forgive our incredulousness and boredom that you were not the first White person we heard say, "I didn't own any slaves and neither did my family."
Incredulousness turns into action, which lingers as a scar that permeates these people's daily lives.
"She is doing what she can and she would obviously benefit from the assistance that the probation service could give her, and society at large would bene- fit from that." Mr Gillette added: "The probation officer said that there was a degree of incredulousness on her behalf that she actually found herself in the premises and doing what she did.