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.

Nearby words

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

Origin of credulous

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

Related forms
Can be confusedcredible credulous

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British Dictionary definitions for credulousness

credulous

/ (ˈkrɛdjʊləs) /

adjective

tending to believe something on little evidence
arising from or characterized by credulitycredulous beliefs
Derived Formscredulously, adverbcredulousness, noun

Word Origin for credulous

C16: from Latin crēdulus, from crēdere to believe

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Word Origin and History for credulousness

credulous

adj.

1570s, from Latin credulus "that easily believes, trustful," from credere "to believe" (see credo). Related: Credulously; credulousness.

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