[kruh-doo-li-tee, -dyoo-]


willingness to believe or trust too readily, especially without proper or adequate evidence; gullibility.

Origin of credulity

1375–1425; late Middle English credulite < Latin crēdulitās. See credulous, -ity
Related formso·ver·cre·du·li·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for credulity

Contemporary Examples of credulity

  • However, the notion that nearly two-thirds of Iranians want another four years of Ahmadinejad strains any credulity.

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    An Absurd Outcome

    Suzanne Maloney

    June 13, 2009

Historical Examples of credulity

  • On the other hand, youth is often gifted with a credulity divine and unerring.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • But there was one statement that proved too much for their credulity.

  • The fellow had practised upon my credulity to obtain my likeness for publication.

  • But his serene confidence in his magic caught their credulity.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • It is a happiness which they who smile in scorn at their credulity can never enjoy.

British Dictionary definitions for credulity



disposition to believe something on little evidence; gullibility
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Word Origin and History for credulity

early 15c., from Old French credulité (12c.), from Latin credulitatem (nominative credulitas) "easiness of belief, rash confidence," noun of quality from credulus (see credulous).

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