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credulous (ˈkrɛdjʊləs Pronunciation for credulous



  1. tending to believe something on little evidence
  2. arising from or characterized by credulity   ⇒ credulous beliefs

Derived Forms

ˈcredulously adverb
ˈcredulousness noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin crēdulus, from crēdere to believe


View thesaurus entry
= gullible, trusting, unsuspecting, naive or naïve, uncritical, green, born yesterday, wet behind the ears, unsuspicious, as green as grass, dupable, overtrusting,

Example Sentences Including 'credulous'

But Judith said-- ' `Judith Sadler is clearly a credulous fool,' Alex put in firmly.
Could it be that from the credulous jaws of defeat, I would somehow wrest a victorious deception?
Edward Docx THE CALLIGRAPHER (2003)
He was the classic Renaissance man, difficult to dismiss as a credulous idiot.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
It is quite clear now that the hardest hit will be simple, small investors like Bhansali's credulous fans in Sujangarh.
India Today (1997)
Much of Coelho's appeal to this credulous hippy demographic stems from the image he has cultivated as a mystical seer.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
Others regarded him as credulous , interfering and posturing.
Alan Judd THE DEVIL'S OWN WORK (2002)
To him, easy applause, in front of credulous audiences, is everything.
New Zealand Herald (2004)
You may be a sceptic and put it down to coincidence, or you may be more credulous and think of it as miraculous.
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