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credulity

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noun cre·du·li·ty \kri-ˈdü-lə-tē, -ˈdyü-\

Simple Definition of credulity

  • : ability or willingness to believe something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of credulity

  1. :  readiness or willingness to believe especially on slight or uncertain evidence

Examples of credulity in a sentence

  1. <the quack pushing the phony medicine was taking advantage of the credulity of people hoping for miracle cures>



Did You Know?

A particularly far-fetched story may be said to strain credulity, stretch credulity, put demands on our credulity, or make claims on our credulity. Credulity is a quality of innocent children (of all ages) and isn't always a bad thing; it must have been pure credulity that enabled Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies fans to wait so long for a World Series victory ("This is the year they're going to take it!"), which probably made life bearable for them. The related adjective is credulous. F. Scott Fitzgerald once defined advertising as "making dubious promises to a credulous public".

15th Century

First Known Use of credulity

15th century




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