Definition of disbelieve in English:



[with object]
  • 1Be 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.’
    • ‘The claim that it will never work is instinctively disbelieved by nearly everyone; most people believe, correctly, that engineers can do pretty much anything.’
    • ‘Her evidence was tested by skilled and detailed cross-examination, and the jury believed her while disbelieving her father.’
    • ‘Without any means to establish the truth, not being duped can only mean disbelieving everything.’
    • ‘I don't know whether to believe them or disbelieve them.’
    • ‘He believed the complainant, disbelieved the appellant saying his evidence did not raise a reasonable doubt.’
    • ‘I'm not asking you to believe or disbelieve everything I've said.’
    • ‘I am not prepared to believe or disbelieve this claim without the facts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The crew looked around wildly, disbelieving their ears, shooting incredulous looks towards their shipmate.’
    • ‘In some cases, a parent may choose to ignore or deny suspicions or even disbelieve a child sharing such information.’
    • ‘One always has a choice between believing or disbelieving the assumptions, and, along with them, the conclusion of the argument.’
    • ‘Assuming he heard the bus driver's account of what happened, did he believe it or disbelieve it?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have opened myself up to innumerable possibilities by not disbelieving anything and yet not really believing anything either.’
    • ‘I do not either fully believe or fully disbelieve these stories, but I find them interesting nonetheless.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When he declares that he has been virtually living in his bed ‘these last seven months’ it is hard to disbelieve him.’
    incredulous, unbelieving, doubtful, dubious, unconvinced
    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
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    1. 1.1no object Have no religious faith.
      ‘to disbelieve is as much an act of faith as belief’
      • ‘By disbelieving in the soul, it comes to disbelieving in the mind.’
      • ‘Believers insist that the blurry picture is proof-positive that Evalyn's ghost exists, while skeptics remain disbelieving.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’