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 Even while braving her way through dialogue so unnatural that comparatively restrained scenes strain credulity, Imani in particular is easy to root for. Michael Nordine, Variety, 2 Sep. 2021 Maybe because the story concludes not with a shocking, credulity-straining twist, but rather an explanation that, in light of all that has preceded it, feels curiously coherent, even intuitive. Los Angeles Times, 22 July 2021 Is the piece in earnest or is the credulity a put-on? Sam Sacks, WSJ, 21 May 2021 The notion that Castor made this deal to help Constand in some valiant effort to make sure her civil suit succeeded also strains credulity, not least because civil suits are not, in fact, the purview of the district attorney. Jessica M. Goldstein, The New Republic, 1 July 2021 Every Fast and Furious movie strains credulity, but F9 shatters it so completely, even the production’s own characters have noticed. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 25 June 2021 Over the past 20 years, the multibillion-dollar-grossing Fast and Furious franchise has bent the laws of physics and tested the outer limits of moviegoer credulity, pulling off ever more fantastical flights of vehicular fancy with each new film. Chris Lee, Vulture, 23 June 2021 Ultimately, everyone should be more vigilant about what information is trustworthy and be aware that hackers exploit people’s credulity, especially if the information is not from reputable news sources or published scientific work. Anupam Joshi, The Conversation, 7 June 2021 Its impulse toward retrospective empathy, however, strains credulity. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 2 June 2021

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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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16 Sep 2021

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“Credulity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of credulity

: ability or willingness to believe something

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