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
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.
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.
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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").
Origin and Etymology of credulous
Latin credulus, from credere to believe, entrust — more at creed
First Known Use: 1553
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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