- willing to believe or trust too readily, especially without proper or adequate evidence; gullible.
- 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
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1. believing, trustful, unsuspecting.
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Examples from the Web for overcredulous
Mickey Kaus . . . er, well, takes the mickey out of overcredulous supporters of EMR.The (So Far) Failed Promise of Electronic Medical Records
January 21, 2013
- tending to believe something on little evidence
- arising from or characterized by credulitycredulous beliefs
C16: from Latin crēdulus, from crēdere to believe
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Word Origin and History for overcredulous
1570s, from Latin credulus "that easily believes, trustful," from credere "to believe" (see credo). Related: Credulously; credulousness.
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