[ krej-uh-luhs ]
/ ˈkrɛdʒ ə ləs /
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
cred·u·lous·ly, adverbcred·u·lous·ness, nounnon·cred·u·lous, adjectivenon·cred·u·lous·ly, adverb
non·cred·u·lous·ness, nouno·ver·cred·u·lous, adjectiveo·ver·cred·u·lous·ly, adverbo·ver·cred·u·lous·ness, nounun·cred·u·lous, adjectiveun·cred·u·lous·ly, adverbun·cred·u·lous·ness, noun
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/ (ˈkrɛdjʊləs) /
tending to believe something on little evidence
arising from or characterized by credulitycredulous beliefs
Word Origin for credulous
C16: from Latin crēdulus, from crēdere to believe
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1570s, from Latin credulus "that easily believes, trustful," from credere "to believe" (see credo). Related: Credulously; credulousness.
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