Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To refuse to believe in; reject.
  • intransitive v. To withhold or reject belief.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Not believe; to exercise disbelief.
  • v. Actively deny a statement, opinion or perception.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. Not to believe; to refuse belief or credence to; to hold not to be true or actual.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To reject the truth or reality of; hold to be untrue or non-existent; refuse to credit.
  • Not to believe; to deny the truth of any position; refuse to believe in some proposition or statement; especially, to refuse belief in a divine revelation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. reject as false; refuse to accept

Etymologies

Coined circa 1640, from dis- +‎ believe. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I am outraged, shocked, in disbelieve that the US will sit by and allow the Gov't of Iran to disgrace and dishonor their citizens by demanding a $3,000 payment for the bullet that killed a relative before the Gov't will turn over the body to the family.

    Obama: Iran still has a path to international acceptance

  • Perhaps Stalin et al. were also atheists, but a shared disbelieve is not quite the same thing as a shared (positive) believe.

    Darwin Strips Reality of Purpose?

  • They have not said he was lying what they are in disbelieve about is the fact that he was so open and candid in his book.

    Bartlett rips McClellan, calls allegation 'total crap'

  • As long as religion does not threaten science and freedom, we should be respectful and tolerant because our freedom to disbelieve is inextricably bound to the freedom of others to believe.

    hughstimson.org » Blog Archive » Michael Shermer, Of All People, On Tolerable Atheism

  • That should have been 'disbelieve' not 'disbelief'

    Totally Random Bullcrap

  • However, I don't "disbelieve" in new years resolutions by any means.

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  • For you therefore which believe is the preciousness: but for such as disbelieve, The stone which the builders rejected, the same was made the head of the corner; and, A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence; for they stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

    The Epistles of St. Peter

  • I see an error in my comment above, namely 72% philosophy faculty "lean towards" atheism while 72% of NAS members "disbelieve", and 14% of philosophy faculty "lean towards" theism while 7% of NAS members "believe".

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  • Even I have recognized my own judgment of people who do not believe or "disbelieve" the way I do.

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  • So, if Truth is something that matters to you, then you cannot 'disbelieve' in evolution or preach against it.

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  • Recently, I have been seeing this word used to mean "to not be of the opinion": "I disbelieve that the Obama stimulus package will succeed." This usage seems strange to me and, as I said, fairly recent. Normally, I would say, "I do not believe" or "I disagree that". I am used to the sense, "doubt the veracity" of someone or something: "She disbelieved his protestations of love." But even that sounds strange to my ear (compared with "She did not believe ..."). To use "disbelieve" with a "that" subordinate clause seems really unusual to me. Have I been too long outside English-speaking lands?

    January 16, 2009