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gullible

or gullable

[guhl-uh-buh l] /ˈgʌl ə bəl/
adjective
1.
easily deceived or cheated.
Origin of gullible
1815-1825
First recorded in 1815-25; gull2 + -ible
Related forms
gullibility, noun
gullibly, adverb
Synonyms
credulous, trusting, naive, innocent, simple, green.
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  • But anger at my own gullibility had killed her power to draw me, and I shook her off.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • We seem to identify imagination with gullibility or vague thinking.

    Here and Now Story Book Lucy Sprague Mitchell
  • From a physiological point of view the gullibility of the audience is astounding.

    Indian Conjuring L. H. Branson
  • True, there are limits to its gullibility; there are suggestions from which it recoils.

    Egotism in German Philosophy

    George Santayana
  • Sampson sat meditating on the gullibility of man in matters medical.

    Hard Cash Charles Reade
  • His gullibility was such that he believed everything he was told.

    An Atheist Manifesto Joseph Lewis
  • People must learn to curb their gullibility in such affairs.

    The Business of Mining Arthur J. Hoskin
British Dictionary definitions for gullibility

gullible

/ˈɡʌləbəl/
adjective
1.
easily taken in or tricked
Derived Forms
gullibility, noun
gullibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for gullibility
n.

1793, earlier cullibility (1728), probably from gull (n.2) "dupe, sucker" + -ability.

gullible

adj.

1825, apparently a back-formation from gullibility. Gullable is attested from 1818.

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