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    incredulous vs sceptical

    In the following multiple choice exercise:
    "A lot of people are ... about the benefits of nuclear power."
    A disbelieving B sceptical C incredulous D unconvincing
    The answer key gives "B sceptical" as the correct answer. However, I really can't see why "C incredulous" is incorrect here. Could somebody give me a hand with this one, please? Thanks

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    Re: incredulous vs sceptical

    Quote Originally Posted by micaelo View Post
    In the following multiple choice exercise:
    "A lot of people are ... about the benefits of nuclear power."
    A disbelieving B sceptical C incredulous D unconvincing
    The answer key gives "B sceptical" as the correct answer. However, I really can't see why "C incredulous" is incorrect here. Could somebody give me a hand with this one, please? Thanks
    Hi,
    Incredulous means disbelieving but is used when we want to to be really emphatic about our disbelief, sceptical is correct.

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    Re: incredulous vs sceptical

    Hello mate.

    I am not a teacher, but I will do my best.

    It sounds quite like in Spanish. Escéptico is more like Incrédulo, but still there is a subtle difference.

    Incredulous: Unwilling to admit or accept what is offered as true. Disbilief.
    Scepticism implies unwillingness to believe without conclusive evidence. Uncertainty.

    synonyms: uncertainty, doubt, dubiety, skepticism, suspicion, mistrust mean lack of sureness about someone or something.
    Uncertainty may range from a falling short of certainty to an almost complete lack of conviction or knowledge especially about an outcome or result <assumed the role of manager without hesitation or uncertainty>.
    doubt
    suggests both uncertainty and inability to make a decision <plagued by doubts as to what to do>.
    dubiety stresses a wavering between conclusions <felt some dubiety about its practicality>.
    skepticism implies unwillingness to believe without conclusive evidence <an economic forecast greeted with skepticism>.
    suspicion stresses lack of faith in the truth, reality, fairness, or reliability of something or someone <regarded the stranger with suspicion>.
    mistrust implies a genuine doubt based upon suspicion <had a great mistrust of doctors>.
    From Merriam-Webster.

    I hope it helps.

    Salut

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