cre·​du·​li·​ty | \ kri-ˈdü-lə-tē How to pronounce credulity (audio) , -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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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 Among the calamities of war may be justly numbered the diminution of the love of truth, by the falsehoods which interest dictates and credulity encourages. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, "A Moral Witness," 22 Sep. 2020 Even if one or more vaccines is authorized for emergency use by the end of this year, those numbers stretch credulity. Hope Yen, Star Tribune, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump's made-up car plants, court revisionism," 20 Sep. 2020 Barr’s efforts to bolster Trump have stretched credulity at times, refuting work done by his own department, outside experts and U.S. intelligence agencies on topics such as mail-in ballots. Chris Strohm,, "William Barr Goes All-In for Trump Campaign Themes Weeks Before Election," 18 Sep. 2020 The idea that Republicans can -- earnestly and with a straight face -- just pretend like the last four years never happened and pick up the policies and principles that the party used to espouse strains credulity. CNN, "Opinion: The Republican Party has a tough choice to make," 21 Aug. 2020 But the film also defies credulity as Rachel seems to give-up on seeking help from the police in favor of battling the monster herself. Will Coviello,, "Russell Crowe goes on a road rage bender in 'Unhinged,' the first major national movie release of summer during the pandemic," 21 Aug. 2020 For too long, media outlets have treated cops with credulity and protesters with skepticism. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Rethinking the Press’s Relationship with Police," 5 June 2020 Beware social media posts that deliberately incite fear, strain credulity or play on your emotions. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "George Floyd protests: How to avoid disinformation and misinformation on Facebook and Twitter," 2 June 2020 In Bacon’s view, too many people lapse into a credulity of habit, simply accepting what they have been told over and over. Richard Gunderman, The Conversation, "The ‘first scientist’s’ 800-year-old tonic for what ails us: The truth," 1 May 2020

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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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27 Sep 2020

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“Credulity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of credulity

formal : ability or willingness to believe something

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