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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The setup may seem contrived but the tentative friendship never strains credulity. Anna Mundow, WSJ, "‘Paris Echo’ Review: The Light Behind the Veil," 8 Nov. 2018 But claiming owners can’t foresee labor problems disrupting a 2020 Seattle launch defies credulity. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "It’s in nobody’s interests to delay the NHL to Seattle beyond 2020, so let’s give them no reason to," 8 Oct. 2018 On one level, this would seem to strain credulity: Brin’s upbringing in the Soviet Union shaped his views on censorship and informed the company’s decision to exit the Chinese market in 2010. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Google’s ambitions for China could trigger a crisis inside the company," 18 Aug. 2018 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

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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

formal : ability or willingness to believe something

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to deny responsibility for

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