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credulity

[kruh-doo-li-tee, -dyoo-] /krəˈdu lɪ ti, -ˈdyu-/
noun
1.
willingness to believe or trust too readily, especially without proper or adequate evidence; gullibility.
Origin of credulity
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English credulite < Latin crēdulitās. See credulous, -ity
Related forms
overcredulity, noun
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Examples from the Web for credulity
Contemporary Examples
  • However, the notion that nearly two-thirds of Iranians want another four years of Ahmadinejad strains any credulity.

Historical Examples
  • It was too large a draught upon my credulity, so I asked the name.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • Only allow me to give you a word of advice: keep your credulity out of your pockets!

  • He had unbounded faith in his invention; his credulity became stronger and stronger as the months rolled by.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • It was his cue to be a simple victim of credulity, and he played it to the finish.

    Brand Blotters William MacLeod Raine
  • We now know that credulity is not a virtue and that intellectual courage is.

  • This was too much for Rebecca's credulity, and Droop could not induce her to talk into the trumpet.

    The Panchronicon Harold Steele Mackaye
  • The story illustrates either the credulity of magistrates or the practical character of some varieties of maternal love.

    A Wanderer in Holland E. V. Lucas
  • Such figures, uncertified, would challenge the credulity of the uninitiated.

    The New Education Scott Nearing
  • Mr. Brand to John Harlowe, Esq.; in excuse of his credulity, and of the misreports founded upon it.

British Dictionary definitions for credulity

credulity

/krɪˈdjuːlɪtɪ/
noun
1.
disposition to believe something on little evidence; gullibility
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Word Origin and History for credulity
n.

early 15c., from Old French credulité (12c.), from Latin credulitatem (nominative credulitas) "easiness of belief, rash confidence," noun of quality from credulus (see credulous).

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