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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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Examples from the Web for gullibly
Historical Examples
  • It is amazing how gullibly the public bites at the press-agent's worm.

    My Actor-Husband Anonymous
  • There are but few Briggleses left to prey on the gullibly charitable to-day, and thank God for that.

    The Jack-Knife Man Ellis Parker Butler
  • And the curious people laughed and were discussing how foolishly and gullibly the common people were spreading such empty rumours.

    Siddhartha Herman Hesse
British Dictionary definitions for gullibly

gullible

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

gullible

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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