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Easily persuaded to believe something; credulous.‘an attempt to persuade a gullible public to spend their money’
credulous, over-trusting, over-trustful, trustful, easily deceived, easily led, easily taken in, exploitable, dupable, deceivable, impressionable, unsuspecting, unsuspicious, unwary, unguarded, unsceptical, ingenuous, naive, innocent, simple, inexperienced, unworldly, green, as green as grass, childlike, ignorantfoolish, sillywet behind the ears, born yesterdayView synonyms
- ‘After all, there are so many gullible people who believe whatever they read!’
- ‘But how gullible do you have to be to believe that all these cases coming together is just coincidence?’
- ‘Apparently, to this day, a gullible section of society believes in the existence of these British rockers.’
- ‘Are they seriously suggesting the Scottish public are totally gullible and can be so easily hoodwinked?’
- ‘And for every hoaxer there are a thousand gullible people willing to believe.’
- ‘Clothing design should not be about creating pricey and snobbish brands to be foisted on a gullible public.’
- ‘Such a defence is offered only to hoodwink the gullible, illiterate and ignorant millions.’
- ‘The public should not be passive and gullible on this matter but come out in support of the law.’
- ‘How gullible we were to swallow his promise of a proper debate.’
- ‘Sell both paintings to gullible collectors, while the art world looks the other way.’
- ‘But there is no evidence which shows that juries are gullible fools, easily led by a passing headline.’
- ‘To have accomplished such a thing he didn't have to merely fool a gullible public.’
- ‘He'd have to endure endless litanies about how naive and gullible he was to sign up for this trip.’
- ‘He is utterly charmless and few people are gullible enough to believe him.’
- ‘There are those that believe that people who visit mediums are all gullible or plainly mistaken in their memories.’
- ‘None the less, it is gullible to believe that Italians are invulnerable.’
- ‘I know a few people who are new age suckers, whom I consider gullible fools because they believe anything they are told.’
- ‘Then it tried to buy its way out of it with a PR campaign, and we were foolish and gullible enough to accept that.’
- ‘Both efforts seem like cunning attempts to fob off used goods on a gullible reading public.’
- ‘That is cynical, and I say to the Government that the public is not that gullible.’
Early 19th century: from gull + -ible.
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