Definition of disbelieve in English:



  • 1 Be unable to believe:

    ‘he seemed to disbelieve her’
    • ‘‘Pity that,’ Lucy stated, her voice flat, giving no indication that she either believed or disbelieved Mary.’
    • ‘Without any means to establish the truth, not being duped can only mean disbelieving everything.’
    • ‘I am not prepared to believe or disbelieve this claim without the facts.’
    • ‘Now we have to talk to professors who not only don't know how to teach, but are teaching something that is disbelieved by half the student populace.’
    • ‘It was one of those days I didn't play well and I didn't play badly, and when my agent called me that night and said they wanted to sign me, I didn't believe it and I didn't disbelieve it.’
    • ‘They are disbelieving an earlier generation of archaeologists.’
    • ‘‘We just don't have enough information to believe or disbelieve anything at this point,’ he said.’
    • ‘She'd never believed in miracles, having always considered them to be merely scientific anomalies which have yet to be understood; but however hard she tried to disbelieve it, she was healed.’
    • ‘I'm not asking you to believe or disbelieve everything I've said.’
    • ‘I do not either fully believe or fully disbelieve these stories, but I find them interesting nonetheless.’
    • ‘One always has a choice between believing or disbelieving the assumptions, and, along with them, the conclusion of the argument.’
    • ‘Her evidence was tested by skilled and detailed cross-examination, and the jury believed her while disbelieving her father.’
    • ‘He believed the complainant, disbelieved the appellant saying his evidence did not raise a reasonable doubt.’
    • ‘The claim that it will never work is instinctively disbelieved by nearly everyone; most people believe, correctly, that engineers can do pretty much anything.’
    • ‘Assuming he heard the bus driver's account of what happened, did he believe it or disbelieve it?’
    • ‘In some cases, a parent may choose to ignore or deny suspicions or even disbelieve a child sharing such information.’
    • ‘I have opened myself up to innumerable possibilities by not disbelieving anything and yet not really believing anything either.’
    • ‘I don't know whether to believe them or disbelieve them.’
    • ‘The crew looked around wildly, disbelieving their ears, shooting incredulous looks towards their shipmate.’
    • ‘When he declares that he has been virtually living in his bed ‘these last seven months’ it is hard to disbelieve him.’
    not believe, not credit, give no credence to, discredit, discount, doubt, distrust, mistrust, be suspicious of, have no confidence in, have no faith in, be incredulous of, be unconvinced about
    not accept, reject, repudiate, question, challenge, contradict
    take with a pinch of salt
    incredulous, unbelieving, doubtful, dubious, unconvinced
    distrustful, mistrustful, suspicious, lacking trust, cynical, sceptical
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    1. 1.1[no object] Have no religious faith:
      ‘to disbelieve is as much an act of faith as belief’
      • ‘It might be that the deeply religious disbelieve in the paranormal not so much because it is wrong, but simply because they renounce the devil and all his works - including the New Age.’
      • ‘Believers insist that the blurry picture is proof-positive that Evalyn's ghost exists, while skeptics remain disbelieving.’
      • ‘By disbelieving in the soul, it comes to disbelieving in the mind.’
      • ‘Those who disbelieve or mistrust will end up losing out,’ he said.’
      • ‘Disbelievers in Bigfoot do not disbelieve as an act of faith, but because the evidence is not persuasive.’