Definition of credulous in English:



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

    ‘a ceremony staged for credulous tourists’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But never be so credulous that you just believe everything that you're told.’
    • ‘One almost gets the impression that we are so credulous of such wild predictions because we secretly want them to come true.’
    • ‘Reporters and editors are credulous, fearful, and flatly bamboozled.’
    • ‘They can predictably be seen pushing the ‘Christian Nation’ idea to their credulous readers.’
    • ‘But then, there's no ear more credulous than the one that yearns to believe.’
    • ‘And no one, apart from the most credulous romantic, believed him.’
    • ‘There's the simple, straightforward, credulous voice of the listener, who takes bands, songs and packages at face value.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I had a lady bring to my attention recently yet another exploitation of the credulous and the vulnerable through the postal services.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That didn't stop the Macedonians claiming it or credulous journalists believing them or readers accepting what they had been told as the truth.’
    • ‘Do they think we're illiterate, or simply utterly credulous?’
    • ‘This is not a new approach, since mediums have long done readings for their credulous clients.’
    • ‘Even back then, it seemed incontrovertibly absurd to think that someone would be so credulous about televised messages.’
    • ‘The credulous nature of Americans drew only contempt from him.’
    • ‘One of his comments there pungently countered the litany from credulous believers that you must always keep an open mind.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    gullible, naive, impressionable, trusting, over-trusting, over-trustful, exploitable, dupable, deceivable, easily deceived, easily taken in, easily led, unsuspicious, unwary, unguarded, unsceptical, uncritical, unquestioning
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Late 16th century (in the general sense ‘inclined to believe’): from Latin credulus (from credere ‘believe’) + -ous.