August 04, 2016
incredulous (adjective)
\in-KREJ-uh-lus\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: feeling or showing an inability to believe something : skeptical
How do you use it?
The three children each heard a slight squeak, saw the door move, and felt something brush past, yet they remained incredulous that ghosts supposedly haunted the old mansion.
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Let's see how well you understand what "incredulous" means. Which of the following do you think is most likely to make someone incredulous?

Even people who believe in unicorns would probably think them rare enough that they'd be incredulous about a friend's claim he or she had ridden one. Someone who tends to believe unlikely things can be described with another word closely related to "incredulous": the word "credulous." This word means "ready to believe especially on little evidence," as in "The credulous audience believed everything the magician said." Both "incredulous" and "credulous" come from the Latin word "credere," meaning "to believe." "Credere" is also the source of the words "credible," "credit," and "creed."
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