credulous

[ krej-uh-luhs ]
/ ˈkrɛdʒ ə ləs /

adjective

willing to believe or trust too readily, especially without proper or adequate evidence; gullible.
marked by or arising from credulity: a credulous rumor.

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Origin of credulous

1570–80; < Latin crēdulus, equivalent to crēd(ere) to believe + -ulus adj. suffix denoting a quality or tendency; see -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM credulous

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH credulous

credible credulous
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British Dictionary definitions for credulous

credulous
/ (ˈkrɛdjʊləs) /

adjective

tending to believe something on little evidence
arising from or characterized by credulitycredulous beliefs

Derived forms of credulous

credulously, adverbcredulousness, noun

Word Origin for credulous

C16: from Latin crēdulus, from crēdere to believe
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