cre·​du·​li·​ty kri-ˈdü-lə-tē How to pronounce credulity (audio)
: readiness or willingness to believe especially on slight or uncertain evidence
Her description of the event strains credulity.

Examples of credulity in a Sentence

the quack pushing the phony medicine was taking advantage of the credulity of people hoping for miracle cures
Recent Examples on the Web Once people choose credulity over skepticism, reason goes out the window. Ece Temelkuran, Foreign Affairs, 22 July 2020 The fact that not a single senior party official numbered among her copious conspirators beggars credulity. Charlie Campbell, TIME, 12 Apr. 2024 To think that Israel was precisely targeting 1,000 strikes a day strains credulity. Phil Klay, The Atlantic, 28 Mar. 2024 Two coolant leaks attributable to external impacts already strained credulity—NASA has observed no such debilitating damage to its hardware in recent years. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 10 Oct. 2023 In less assured hands, the combination of genres might have backfired terribly, but director Alan Gibson shepherds the production through its various tones without ever straining credulity in a way that impedes the entertainment value. Declan Gallagher,, 16 Oct. 2023 The Oslo Accords, signed in the nineties by Yitzhak Rabin, were also an act of pathetic credulity. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 14 Jan. 2024 For regular guy Ronald Gladden, what seems initially like a mundane process soon delves into people testing his limits of credulity within the legal setting. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 29 Dec. 2023 Still, Going Infinite is not actually the work of drooling credulity that Lewis’ most astringent critics see it as. Kate Knibbs, WIRED, 5 Oct. 2023

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Word History


see credulous

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of credulity was in the 15th century

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“Credulity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


cre·​du·​li·​ty kri-ˈd(y)ü-lət-ē How to pronounce credulity (audio)
: a willingness to believe statements especially on little or no evidence

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