- 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
Synonyms for credulous
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- 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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