- 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 credulousness
How the credulousness of mainstream media figures like Bob Woodward and Ron Fournier enables Republican extremism.The GOP Rage Machine and Its Mainstream Apologists
February 26, 2013
She herself meanwhile will seek to enter the kemenate and play upon her credulousness.The Complete Opera Book
Antonia had the most trusting, responsive eyes in the world; love and credulousness seemed to look out of them with open faces.My Antonia
Both are personifications founded in the ignorance of the masses, and their continuance will cease with their credulousness.A Few Words About the Devil
What first suggested to Crandon his idea of the love-potion was the discovery of Sophie's credulousness.Beggars on Horseback
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- 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 credulousness
1570s, from Latin credulus "that easily believes, trustful," from credere "to believe" (see credo). Related: Credulously; credulousness.
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