- The definition of incredulous is feeling that something that is hard to believe.
An example of incredulous is someone’s reaction to winning the lottery.
This man is incredulous.
- unwilling or unable to believe; doubting; skeptical
- showing doubt or disbelief: an incredulous look
Origin of incredulousClassical Latin incredulus: see in- and amp; credulous
- Skeptical; disbelieving: incredulous of stories about flying saucers.
- Expressive of disbelief: an incredulous stare.
Origin of incredulousFrom Latin incrēdulus : in-, not; see in–1 + crēdulus, believing; see credulous.
(comparative more incredulous, superlative most incredulous)
- Skeptical, disbelieving, or unable to believe. [from 16th c.]
- Expressing or indicative of incredulity. [from 17th c.]
- 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 0-8342-1083-5, 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.
From Latin incredulus (“unbelieving”).