cred·​u·​lous | \ ˈkre-jə-ləs How to pronounce credulous (audio) \

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

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 Infantino described the event as a momentous sign of progress, while activists described it as a stunt, no more than an exercise designed to fool a credulous foreign dignitary. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "Iranian Soccer Star’s Sister Wants Women to Be Allowed at His Matches," 15 July 2019 Roche has worked to link—especially to credulous international audiences—the issue of farm attacks with the threat of land expropriation. James Pogue, Harper's magazine, "The Myth of White Genocide," 10 June 2019 By late 2017, credulous investors were willing to buy cryptorelated investments that weren’t even pretending to be a store of value. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Bitcoin Wasn’t a Bubble Until It Was," 14 Dec. 2018 The cost of Fyre wasn’t to investors and credulous hipsters who wanted to party with Major Lazer and Blink-182 on a white-sand beach. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Netflix’s Fyre Is a Story You Have to See to Believe," 15 Jan. 2019 What Lewis establishes in detail in the report, however, is a cooperative ecosystem in which key players act as conveyors from the mainstream right to the extreme right by conducting credulous, friendly interviews with both. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The rise of YouTube’s reactionary right," 24 Sep. 2018 Few people are as credulous as Lear or have children as exploitative as Goneril and Regan. Paula Marantz Cohen, WSJ, "Shakespeare’s Uncomfortable Message for Baby Boomers," 26 Oct. 2018 But equally deserving of scorn are all the credulous rich and powerful old men who bought into this house of cards. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The downfall of Theranos, from the journalist who made it happen," 15 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of credulous

: too ready to believe things : easily fooled or cheated

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