What is a word meaning does not believe?

The word will be used in this sentence, where I am looking for just one word to replace the three words does not believe which otherwise fit in this sentence.

She _______ in dreams.

However, the exact sentence structure shown above ᴄᴀɴ be modified if another structure meaning the same thing lends itself to a better-sounding solution.

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    Have you looked up to "disbelieve" in the dictionary? Can you tell us why you need one word for does not believe and why it can't be used? – user140086 Nov 6 '16 at 11:52
  • First time I searched it on Google, it only showed "believe". I believe I did a typographical error. – Stannis Nov 6 '16 at 11:55
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    @Stannis, nice to know you found your word; but how does shunned mean does not believe? Just curious! – alwayslearning Nov 6 '16 at 12:05
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    Note that does not believe is definitely not the same as does not believe in. – Andrew Leach Nov 6 '16 at 12:19
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    She is skeptical of dreams. (By the way shun doesn't work for me at all.) – aparente001 Nov 7 '16 at 7:56

"She distrusts dreams."

Distrust: lack of trust or confidence. A feeling that someone or something is not honest and cannot be trusted.


'Rejects' would be a good answer, but it does not fit the sentence.

Reject: to refuse to believe, accept, or consider (something).



incredulous is the word I would use for someone who is not willing to believe. I believe in other context it can be used for one who does not believe.

  • Can you explain how the word incredulous could be used in "She does not believe in dreams?" – user140086 Nov 6 '16 at 15:41
  • I missed out on the sentence for it to be used in. Sorry for that. – Sonal Nov 6 '16 at 15:45
  • You don't have to say sorry to me. Welcome to English Language and Usage. Please visit the Help Center and read the guidelines to understand how this site works, especially this one, english.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic – user140086 Nov 6 '16 at 15:47
  • Given the context of the use.... she is a disbeliever of dreams. – Sonal Nov 6 '16 at 15:50

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