Definition of credulous in English:

credulous

Line breaks: credu|lous
Pronunciation: /ˈkrɛdjʊləs
 
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adjective

Having or showing too great a readiness to believe things: a ceremony staged for credulous tourists
More example sentences
  • That didn't stop the Macedonians claiming it or credulous journalists believing them or readers accepting what they had been told as the truth.
  • And no one, apart from the most credulous romantic, believed him.
  • But never be so credulous that you just believe everything that you're told.
Synonyms
gullible, naive, impressionable, trusting, over-trusting, over-trustful, exploitable, dupable, deceivable, easily deceived, easily taken in, easily led, unsuspicious, unwary, unguarded, unsceptical, uncritical, unquestioning; innocent, ingenuous, unworldly, inexperienced, unsophisticated, artless, guileless, green, as green as grass, callow, raw, immature, childlike, wide-eyed, simple, ignorant
informal wet behind the ears, born yesterday

Origin

late 16th century (in the general sense 'inclined to believe'): from Latin credulus (from credere 'believe') + -ous.

Derivatives

credulously

adverb
More example sentences
  • The onus is on me to prove things, and I wouldn't want people just to sit there and credulously accept everything I do.
  • Why is it that we listen credulously with gaping mouths to environmentalists when they talk apocalyptic science-fiction, and ignore them when they are demonstrably right?
  • I'm sorry, but I don't buy about 90% of what this writer credulously relates.

credulousness

noun
More example sentences
  • A reporter in search of a story has, not for the first time, fallen foul of an excess of enthusiasm, credulousness and someone's idea of a joke.
  • Unauditable claims about the scores of millions of dollars the Mardi Gras brings to Sydney survive, I believe, on media credulousness.
  • The skepticism, empiricism, and detachment so esteemed by journalists seem worlds away from the awe, mysticism, and credulousness demanded by faith.

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