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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Examples of credulous in a Sentence
Few people are credulous enough to believe such nonsense.
Recent Examples of credulous from the Web
Xi also toes the Davos line on climate change, to the delight of credulous Westerners.
In his announcement to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, President Trump squeezed in a credulous claim that his nine-day trip abroad was a boon for jobs at home.
If mystery novels appeal to the credulous child in me, true crime stories speak to my inner voyeur.
As if that weren’t bad enough, the right even embraced Glenn Beck’s rise on Fox News, where a typical show included manic, semi-coherent monologues and vast, sinister conspiracy theories presented for credulous viewers on giant chalkboards.
Invited into the home of a credulous couple, the impostor announces his plan to make a film starring their adult son.
Which is to say: Eight years after Barack Obama won the Democratic nomination on the strength of his caution about knee-jerk-liberal interventionism, most elected Democrats remained credulous toward that creed.
The fact that one half of the relationship is rendered by two different dogs is a touch that is calibrated to tug hearts and jerk tears — at least for the more credulous (or spiritual-minded) viewers.
Both are outsized businessmen and public figures who have enjoyed hoopla and credulous press for their projects despite checkered records of success.
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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").
CREDULOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of credulous for English Language Learners
: too ready to believe things : easily fooled or cheated
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