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gullible

or gul·la·ble

[guhl-uh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. easily deceived or cheated.
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Origin of gullible

First recorded in 1815–25; gull2 + -ible
Related formsgul·li·bil·i·ty, noungul·li·bly, adverb

Synonyms

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credulous, trusting, naive, innocent, simple, green.
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Examples from the Web for gullibility

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  • But anger at my own gullibility had killed her power to draw me, and I shook her off.

  • We seem to identify imagination with gullibility or vague thinking.

    Here and Now Story Book

    Lucy Sprague Mitchell

  • From a physiological point of view the gullibility of the audience is astounding.

    Indian Conjuring

    L. H. Branson

  • True, there are limits to its gullibility; there are suggestions from which it recoils.

  • Sampson sat meditating on the gullibility of man in matters medical.

    Hard Cash

    Charles Reade


British Dictionary definitions for gullibility

gullible

adjective
  1. easily taken in or tricked
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Derived Formsgullibility, noungullibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for gullibility

n.

1793, earlier cullibility (1728), probably from gull (n.2) "dupe, sucker" + -ability.

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gullible

adj.

1825, apparently a back-formation from gullibility. Gullable is attested from 1818.

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