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Definition of credulous

1 : ready to believe especially on slight or uncertain evidence accused of swindling credulous investors Few people are credulous enough to believe such nonsense.
2 : proceeding from credulity credulous superstitions

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Other Words from credulous

credulously adverb
credulousness noun

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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").

Examples of credulous in a Sentence

Few people are credulous enough to believe such nonsense.
Recent Examples on the Web The key point from the securities board is to use extra caution with these assets, since bad folks have a pattern of taking advantage of the credulous investors. Michael Taylor,, "Taylor: Texas securities board warns of fraud — oh, the irony!," 17 Jan. 2020 Go back over the book again, giving it a sympathetic but not credulous reading. Walter Frick, Quartz, "One professor’s 10 rules for reading long, difficult nonfiction," 31 Dec. 2019 Both parties are given equal time and credulous treatment. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "How the GOP Bamboozled The New York Times’ Politics Desk," 17 Dec. 2019 Shaw runs with it, luring the credulous and admiring Jewell into the office for questioning under the pretext of making a training video. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Unintentional Politics of Clint Eastwood’s “Richard Jewell”," 12 Dec. 2019 And the Parks, or at least their fussy, fluttery young matriarch, Yeon-keo (Yeo-jeong Jo), are a very credulous people. Leah Greenblatt,, "Korean export Parasite may be the class-conscious thriller of the year," 9 Oct. 2019 Large amounts of private investment, the promise of unbridled growth, and lack of financial details helped fuel credulous press coverage, which eventually turned the company into a unicorn darling. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "The Pain From WeWork’s Failed IPO Deepens as Bondholders Get Stuck Underwater," 12 Nov. 2019 None of this stood up to the slightest scrutiny; even NBC’s Chuck Todd, perhaps the most credulous newsman on TV, eviscerated them. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Republican Party’s Deafening Silence," 2 Oct. 2019 But The Epoch Times has itself published several credulous reports on Qanon and for years, the webseries hosts Rob Counts and Benjamin Chasteen were employed as the company’s creative director and chief photo editor, respectively. NBC News, "Trump, Qanon and an impending judgment day: Behind the Facebook-fueled rise of The Epoch Times," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of credulous

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for credulous

Latin credulus, from credere to believe, entrust — more at creed

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20 Jan 2020

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“Credulous.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of credulous

: too ready to believe things : easily fooled or cheated

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