over·​cred·​u·​lous ˌō-vər-ˈkre-jə-ləs How to pronounce overcredulous (audio)
: credulous to an excessive degree : overly inclined to believe something especially on slight or uncertain evidence
Because believing in a fake hazard is less harmful than failing to believe in a real one, evolutionarily speaking, we should err on the side of being overcredulous about threats.Matthew Hutson

Word History

First Known Use

1579, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overcredulous was in 1579

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“Overcredulous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcredulous. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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