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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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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Above all he would be offended by its humorlessness, and the crudeness and greediness of its demands upon our credulity. James Parker, The Atlantic, "The Spectacular P. T. Barnum," 19 July 2019 Other people have retained their credulity, to ill effect. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Nigerian scammers slide into DMs, so Ars trolls them," 18 July 2019 Critics are calling it a credulity-straining gesture aimed at winning over voters worried about climate change and pollution. Kevin Freking,, "President Trump raises eyebrows in promoting his environment record," 8 July 2019 For none of them to repeat in the 80 days Kepler stared at the star strained credulity. Adam Mann, Scientific American, "Astronomers Don't Know What to Make of This Incredibly Bizarre Star," 3 July 2019 The mere concept has been enough to generate coverage from a wide variety of publications including Forbes, Yahoo Finance, The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal, which have covered the company with varying levels of credulity. NBC News, "Is this pogo stick rental app for real? Does it even matter?," 7 June 2019 That's effectively what happened four years ago, when 17 Republicans sought the GOP nomination, straining both credulity and the physical capacity of the debate stage. Anchorage Daily News, "How to squeeze all those Democrats on the debate stage," 26 June 2019 More than any American President, Donald Trump strains credulity. Ben Bradlee Jr., The New Yorker, "How Collusion Confusion Helps Trump," 12 June 2019 Trump stretched credulity on a variety of subjects over the past week, trade among them. Washington Post, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump off base on trade stats with China," 26 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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