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or gullable

[guhl-uh-buh l] /ˈgʌl ə bəl/
easily deceived or cheated.
Origin of gullible
First recorded in 1815-25; gull2 + -ible
Related forms
gullibility, noun
gullibly, adverb
credulous, trusting, naive, innocent, simple, green. Unabridged
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  • People must learn to curb their gullibility in such affairs.

    The Business of Mining Arthur J. Hoskin
  • We seem to identify imagination with gullibility or vague thinking.

    Here and Now Story Book Lucy Sprague Mitchell
  • In this manner the gullibility of the voters who were responsible for the Hottentot elections of 1907 was revenged.

  • His gullibility was such that he believed everything he was told.

    An Atheist Manifesto Joseph Lewis
  • Wratislaw pulled down his eyebrows and proceeded to defend a Scottish constituency against the libel of gullibility.

    The Half-Hearted John Buchan
  • He gave me a look like that of a costermonger weighing and measuring the gullibility of his customer.

    The Master of Appleby Francis Lynde
  • He had a curious and quite pathetic faith in the gullibility of the British working-man.

    The Red Hand of Ulster George A. Birmingham
British Dictionary definitions for gullibility


easily taken in or tricked
Derived Forms
gullibility, noun
gullibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for gullibility

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



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

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