Definition of credulous in English:



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

    • ‘We're credulous creatures and easily impressed by things we don't understand.’
    • ‘Reporters and editors are credulous, fearful, and flatly bamboozled.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The credulous nature of Americans drew only contempt from him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is not a new approach, since mediums have long done readings for their credulous clients.’
    • ‘There's the simple, straightforward, credulous voice of the listener, who takes bands, songs and packages at face value.’
    • ‘One almost gets the impression that we are so credulous of such wild predictions because we secretly want them to come true.’
    • ‘Fourth, the fact that metaphysics is inescapable does not mean one has to be naïve or credulous about it.’
    • ‘Do they think we're illiterate, or simply utterly credulous?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One of his comments there pungently countered the litany from credulous believers that you must always keep an open mind.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But never be so credulous that you just believe everything that you're told.’
    • ‘But then, there's no ear more credulous than the one that yearns to believe.’
    • ‘They can predictably be seen pushing the ‘Christian Nation’ idea to their credulous readers.’
    • ‘Even back then, it seemed incontrovertibly absurd to think that someone would be so credulous about televised messages.’
    • ‘I had a lady bring to my attention recently yet another exploitation of the credulous and the vulnerable through the postal services.’
    • ‘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
    innocent, ingenuous, unworldly, inexperienced, unsophisticated, artless, guileless, green, as green as grass, callow, raw, immature, childlike, wide-eyed, simple, ignorant
    wet behind the ears, born yesterday
    incognizant, nescient
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Late 16th century (in the general sense inclined to believe): from Latin credulus (from credere believe) + -ous.