credulous

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adjective cred·u·lous \ˈkre-jə-ləs\

Definition of credulous

  1. 1 :  ready to believe especially on slight or uncertain evidence <accused of swindling credulous investors>

  2. 2 :  proceeding from credulity <credulous superstitions>

credulously

adverb

credulousness

noun

Examples of credulous in a sentence

  1. Few people are credulous enough to believe such nonsense.

Did You Know?

It’s easier to give credit to people who adhere to their creed than to give credence to what miscreants say, or for that matter, to find recreants altogether credible. That sentence contains a half dozen words which, like today’s credulous, are descendants of credere, the Latin verb that means "to believe" or "to trust": credit ("honor," as well as "belief"); creed ("guiding principle"); credence ("acceptance as true"); miscreant ("a heretic" or a criminal); recreant ("coward, deserter"); and credible ("offering reasonable grounds for being believed"). Credulous is even more closely allied to the nouns credulity and credulousness (both meaning "gullibility"), and of course its antonym, incredulous ("skeptical," also "improbable").

Origin and Etymology of credulous

Latin credulus, from credere


First Known Use: 1576


CREDULOUS Defined for English Language Learners

credulous

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adjective cred·u·lous \ˈkre-jə-ləs\

Definition of credulous for English Language Learners

  • : too ready to believe things : easily fooled or cheated


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