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.

Example Sentences

the quack pushing the phony medicine was taking advantage of the credulity of people hoping for miracle cures
Recent Examples on the Web 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,, 3 Nov. 2022 But the bold individuals who’re willing to put their names to their ghost sightings offer an entertaining listen, regardless of your degree of credulity. Chris Klimek, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Oct. 2022 Hughes has a decent flair for staging action, even if some events really strain credulity. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 22 Sep. 2022 But his suggestion that the American Rescue Plan added only 0.1% to today’s inflation rate stretches credulity. WSJ, 30 June 2022 Amazon’s surprising announcement of plans to acquire Roomba maker iRobot for $1.7 billion elicited two primary complaints from Big Tech critics over the past few days—one that merits close consideration, one that strains credulity. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 8 Aug. 2022 The first American outlets to cover the app treated its premise with credulity. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 1 Aug. 2022 As Daniel Rosen argued in Foreign Affairs, China’s reported 4.8% GDP growth for the first quarter of 2022 strains credulity, and the true data for the second quarter will surely be much worse, despite the coming fiscal and monetary stimulus. Eyck Freymann, WSJ, 28 Apr. 2022 With hokum such as this, my credulity can be counted on. Kent Russell, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Credulity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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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