credulity

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

Definition of credulity

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

Examples of credulity in a sentence

  1. <the quack pushing the phony medicine was taking advantage of the credulity of people hoping for miracle cures>

Did You Know?

A particularly far-fetched story may be said to strain credulity, stretch credulity, put demands on our credulity, or make claims on our credulity. Credulity is a quality of innocent children (of all ages) and isn't always a bad thing; it must have been pure credulity that enabled Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies fans to wait so long for a World Series victory ("This is the year they're going to take it!"), which probably made life bearable for them. The related adjective is credulous. F. Scott Fitzgerald once defined advertising as "making dubious promises to a credulous public".

Origin and Etymology of credulity

see credulous


First Known Use: 15th century



CREDULITY Defined for English Language Learners

credulity

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

Definition of credulity for English Language Learners

  • : ability or willingness to believe something



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