Adjective "credulous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having or showing too great a readiness to believe things.
  1. 'Do they think we're illiterate, or simply utterly credulous?'
  2. 'This is not a new approach, since mediums have long done readings for their credulous clients.'
  3. 'I had a lady bring to my attention recently yet another exploitation of the credulous and the vulnerable through the postal services.'
  4. '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.'
  5. 'Reporters and editors are credulous, fearful, and flatly bamboozled.'
  6. 'And no one, apart from the most credulous romantic, believed him.'
  7. 'Even back then, it seemed incontrovertibly absurd to think that someone would be so credulous about televised messages.'
  8. 'The credulous nature of Americans drew only contempt from him.'
  9. 'There's the simple, straightforward, credulous voice of the listener, who takes bands, songs and packages at face value.'
  10. '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.'


1. willing to believe or trust too readily, especially without proper or adequate evidence; gullible.

2. marked by or arising from credulity: a credulous rumor.

More examples(as adjective)

"students can be credulous."

"profiles can be credulous."

"primitives can be credulous."

"priestexchanges can be credulous."

"pilgrims can be credulous."

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