credulous ADJECTIVE excessively ready to believe things; gullible.
DERIVATIVES credulity noun credulously adverb.
ORIGIN Latin credulus, from credere 'believe' .

English terms dictionary. 2015.


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  • credulous — credulous, gullible both mean unduly trusting or confiding but they differ significantly in their implications as do their corresponding nouns credulity and gullibility. Credulous and credulity stress a tendency to believe readily and… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Credulous — Cred u*lous (kr?d ? l?s; 135), a. [L. credulus, fr. credere. See {Creed}.] 1. Apt to believe on slight evidence; easily imposed upon; unsuspecting. Landor. [1913 Webster] Eve, our credulous mother. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Believed too readily.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • credulous — I adjective believing, credulus, deceivable, disposed to believe, easily convinced, easily deceived, easily duped, easily taken in, green, gullible, misjudging, naive, overly trustful, persuasible, prone to believe, simple, trusting, undoubting,… …   Law dictionary

  • credulous — 1570s, from L. credulus that easily believes, trustful, from credere to believe (see CREDO (Cf. credo)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • credulous — [adj] gullible, naive accepting, believing, born yesterday*, dupable, easy mark*, falling for*, green, overtrusting, simple, swallow whole, taken in, trustful, trusting, uncritical, unquestioning, unsophisticated, unsuspecting, unsuspicious,… …   New thesaurus

  • credulous — [krej′oo ləs, krej′ə ləs] adj. [L credulus < credere: see CREED] 1. tending to believe too readily; easily convinced 2. resulting from or indicating credulity credulously adv. credulousness n …   English World dictionary

  • credulous — credible, creditable, credulous Credible means ‘able to be believed’, with reference to people or statements: • I stand on the balcony, apparently musing on this very credible story, but really wondering how soon we can step back inside R. James …   Modern English usage

  • credulous — adjective Etymology: Latin credulus, from credere Date: 1576 1. ready to believe especially on slight or uncertain evidence < accused of swindling credulous investors > 2. proceeding from credulity …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • credulous — [[t]kre̱ʤʊləs[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone as credulous, you have a low opinion of them because they are too ready to believe what people tell them and are easily deceived. ...quack doctors charming money out of the… …   English dictionary

  • credulous — credulously, adv. credulousness, n. /krej euh leuhs/, adj. 1. willing to believe or trust too readily, esp. without proper or adequate evidence; gullible. 2. marked by or arising from credulity: a credulous rumor. [1570 80; < L credulus, equiv.… …   Universalium

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