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  • Having or showing too great a readiness to believe things.

    ‘a ceremony staged for credulous tourists’
    • ‘That didn't stop the Macedonians claiming it or credulous journalists believing them or readers accepting what they had been told as the truth.’
    • ‘And no one, apart from the most credulous romantic, believed him.’
    • ‘But never be so credulous that you just believe everything that you're told.’
    • ‘Far from being naive or credulous in the face of blind biology I say that it is our human experience of heroism and selflessness which best defines us.’
    • ‘I had a lady bring to my attention recently yet another exploitation of the credulous and the vulnerable through the postal services.’
    • ‘Yet if it is power the initial persona seeks, the stakes would surely need to be higher than the pleasure of manipulating a few docile and credulous tourists.’
    • ‘It was so credulous and uncritical that it made me wonder if it was an advert for bioresonance and if someone might be getting discounted treatment as a consequence.’
    • ‘There's the simple, straightforward, credulous voice of the listener, who takes bands, songs and packages at face value.’
    • ‘One of his comments there pungently countered the litany from credulous believers that you must always keep an open mind.’
    • ‘Fourth, the fact that metaphysics is inescapable does not mean one has to be naïve or credulous about it.’
    • ‘We're credulous creatures and easily impressed by things we don't understand.’
    • ‘This is not a new approach, since mediums have long done readings for their credulous clients.’
    • ‘One almost gets the impression that we are so credulous of such wild predictions because we secretly want them to come true.’
    • ‘But then, there's no ear more credulous than the one that yearns to believe.’
    • ‘Alas, even the most credulous of children find it pretty hard to suspend disbelief when all your heroes end up looking like vaudeville characters on the turps.’
    • ‘They can predictably be seen pushing the ‘Christian Nation’ idea to their credulous readers.’
    • ‘The credulous nature of Americans drew only contempt from him.’
    • ‘Even back then, it seemed incontrovertibly absurd to think that someone would be so credulous about televised messages.’
    • ‘Reporters and editors are credulous, fearful, and flatly bamboozled.’
    • ‘Do they think we're illiterate, or simply utterly credulous?’
    gullible, naive, impressionable, trusting, over-trusting, over-trustful, exploitable, ripe for the picking, dupable, deceivable, easily deceived, easily taken in, easily led, unsuspicious, unwary, unguarded, unsceptical, uncritical, unquestioning
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/ˈkrejələs/ /ˈkrɛdʒələs/


Late 16th century (in the general sense ‘inclined to believe’): from Latin credulus (from credere ‘believe’) + -ous.