disbelief


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You couldn't (do that)!

 and You wouldn't (do that)!
an indication of disbelief that someone might do something. Bill: I'm going to run away from home! Jane: You couldn't! Bill: I get so mad at my brother, I could just strangle him. Tom: You couldn't do that!

suspend disbelief

To accept as plausible something one knows to be untrue, especially the setting and plot of a drama or fiction so as to allow the appreciation of art.
See also: disbelief, suspend
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The Leader of the Islamic Revolution dubbed Palestine as the most important issue within the Muslim World, to that he added, "The key, towards overcoming the enemies of Islam, is Palestine, because the Front of Disbelief, Arrogance, and Zionism, occupying the Islamic country of Palestine, have made it their base for disrupting the security of countries within the region.
Some suspended their disbelief that a totally optional ceremony could be so crass amid widespread poverty and despair.
BACK TO HIS ROOTS Oscar-nominated Mike Figgis will screen his latest film, Suspension of Disbelief, at the Tyneside Cinema, below
However, the irony with poor placements is that by their very inclusion they break the suspension of disbelief and in doing so break the very thing that they were conceived to help finance.
sleep every night in disbelief that I am not ten years old.
There was a bit of disbelief because we didn't even think about it.
Researchers at UCLA have discovered that different areas of the brain react differently to belief, disbelief, and uncertainty--findings that may aid in the future study of cognition.
The notion that a natural psychological response to loss involves an orderly progression through distinct stages of be, reavement has been widely accepted," but no study has tested progression through disbelief, anger, yearning, depression, and acceptance (JAMA 2007;297:716-23).
NEWBURY PARK -- Erika Ward stood with a pained expression on her face Wednesday night, shaking her head in disbelief.
Suspension of Disbelief, Victor Quijada's new piece, set to a commissioned score of great dynamic range by Mitchell Akiyama, is a splendid study in control and counterbalance.
This could lead to disbelief and embarrassment since few people are likely to believe the truth that lack of funds and higher priorities have prevented any study of the thousands of reports received.
Neither can force nor influence a person to go to or to remain away from church against his will or force him to profess a belief or disbelief in any religion.
What is revealing about the drug disclosures is our continued gasps of disbelief each time another name is mentioned in connection with a positive test.
The delicious success of this story is the ambiguity of it, looking at it rationally or with the suspension of disbelief.
Chapters instruct how to watch movies with a writer's eye for what works and what doesn't, blending believable character traits into scenes and plots, using goals to reveal character motivation, judiciously applying foreshadowing and flashback, the power of the suspense of disbelief and how to encourage it, smooth plotting, and much more.