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


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

Nearby words

  1. creditable,
  2. creditor,
  3. credits,
  4. creditworthy,
  5. credo,
  6. credulous,
  7. credulously,
  8. credé's method,
  9. cree,
  10. creed

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

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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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