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    Does "strains our credulity" mean "puts our credulity in doubt?"

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    Similarly, the individual who wins the lottery and an-
    nounces that this is a miracle, because he prayed about the out-
    come, strains our credulity. After all, given the wide distribution
    of at least some vestiges of faith in our modern society, it is
    likely that a significant fraction of the individuals who bought a
    lottery ticket that week also prayed in some fleeting way that
    they might be the winner. If that be so, then the actual winner's
    claim of miraculous intervention rings hollow.

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    Re: Does "strains our credulity" mean "puts our credulity in doubt?"

    It means we have a hard time believing it. It strains (puts a lot of pressure on) our credulity (our willingness to believe).

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    Re: Does "strains our credulity" mean "puts our credulity in doubt?"

    Thank you

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