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credulous

[krej-uh-luh s]
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adjective
  1. willing to believe or trust too readily, especially without proper or adequate evidence; gullible.
  2. marked by or arising from credulity: a credulous rumor.

Origin of credulous

1570–80; < Latin crēdulus, equivalent to crēd(ere) to believe + -ulus adj. suffix denoting a quality or tendency; see -ous
Related formscred·u·lous·ly, adverbcred·u·lous·ness, nounnon·cred·u·lous, adjectivenon·cred·u·lous·ly, adverbnon·cred·u·lous·ness, nouno·ver·cred·u·lous, adjectiveo·ver·cred·u·lous·ly, adverbo·ver·cred·u·lous·ness, nounun·cred·u·lous, adjectiveun·cred·u·lous·ly, adverbun·cred·u·lous·ness, noun
Can be confusedcredible credulous

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1. believing, trustful, unsuspecting.
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British Dictionary definitions for non-credulous

credulous

adjective
  1. tending to believe something on little evidence
  2. arising from or characterized by credulitycredulous beliefs
Derived Formscredulously, adverbcredulousness, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin crēdulus, from crēdere to believe
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Word Origin and History for non-credulous

credulous

adj.

1570s, from Latin credulus "that easily believes, trustful," from credere "to believe" (see credo). Related: Credulously; credulousness.

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