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

Definition of credulity 

: readiness or willingness to believe especially on slight or uncertain evidence Her description of the event strains credulity.

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Synonyms & Antonyms for credulity


credulousness, gullibility, naiveness, naïveté (also naivete), simpleness


incredulity, skepticism

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Examples of credulity in a Sentence

the quack pushing the phony medicine was taking advantage of the credulity of people hoping for miracle cures

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And so a parasitic manipulation that already defied human credulity grows ever more incredible, far beyond any work of zombie fiction. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Climate Change Made Zombie Ants Even More Cunning," 29 May 2018 The fact that June can’t open an iced-over garage door sort of strains credulity — not even the car will break it open? Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Handmaid’s Tale gives Elisabeth Moss a dynamite showcase in “Holly”," 27 June 2018 There was this fear of missing out that explains a lot of Walgreens’ sort of credulity and lack of due diligence. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: WSJ investigative journalist John Carreyrou on Recode Decode," 3 June 2018 The day after the Retrievers and their glorious Twitter account convulsed the college hoops world with a 20-point win over No. 1 Virginia that continues to strain credulity, the sport’s royal caste restored a semblance of order. Chris Johnson,, "Michigan Brings the Fireworks and Several Heavyweights Impress En Route to Sweet 16," 18 Mar. 2018 The White House has declined to say whether Trump knew about Cohen's $130,000 arrangement with Daniels, though the notion that Trump would have been unaware strains credulity. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "The one new claim in a former Playboy model’s lawsuit that could spell trouble for Trump," 20 Mar. 2018 Culture is more effective than law at enforcing good behavior—and abuse nearly always trades on a culture of ignorance, credulity, and inertia. James Scott, Fortune, "Commentary: Sweden Actually Protects its Residents’ Data. America Should Take Note.," 13 Apr. 2018 Still, the claim strains credulity because for more than a decade, up until the mid-1980s, Cheech and Chong were extremely busy making movies, recording albums and playing to sold out auditoriums. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "Cheech and Chong get truthy about weed, LSD use 40 years after 'Up in Smoke'," 3 Apr. 2018 The leaks from his administration have followed that pattern, often painting credulity-straining images of an American president. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Michael Wolff's unbelievable — sometimes literally — tell-all about the Trump administration," 3 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of credulity

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for credulity

see credulous

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English Language Learners Definition of credulity

: ability or willingness to believe something

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