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cred·u·lous

 (krĕj′ə-ləs)
adj.
1. Disposed to believe too readily; gullible.
2. Arising from or characterized by credulity. See Usage Note at credible.

[From Latin crēdulus, from crēdere, to believe; see kerd- in Indo-European roots.]

cred′u·lous·ly adv.
cred′u·lous·ness n.

credulous

(ˈkrɛdjʊləs)
adj
1. tending to believe something on little evidence
2. arising from or characterized by credulity: credulous beliefs.
[C16: from Latin crēdulus, from crēdere to believe]
ˈcredulously adv
ˈcredulousness n

cred•u•lous

(ˈkrɛdʒ ə ləs)

adj.
1. willing to believe or trust too readily; gullible.
2. marked by or arising from credulity: a credulous rumor.
[1570–80; < Latin crēdulus=crēd(ere) to believe + -ulus -ulous]
cred′u•lous•ly, adv.
cred′u•lous•ness, n.

credible

credulouscreditable
1. 'credible'

If something is credible, it can be believed.

His latest statements are hardly credible.
This is not credible to anyone who has studied the facts.

Credible is most commonly used in negative sentences.

2. 'credulous'

People who are credulous are always ready to believe what other people tell them, and are easily deceived.

Credulous women bought the mandrake root to promote conception.
3. 'creditable'

A performance, achievement, or action that is creditable is of a reasonably high standard.

He polled a creditable 44.8 percent.
Their performance was even less creditable.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.credulous - disposed to believe on little evidence; "the gimmick would convince none but the most credulous"
naif, naive - marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience; "a teenager's naive ignorance of life"; "the naive assumption that things can only get better"; "this naive simple creature with wide friendly eyes so eager to believe appearances"
trustful, trusting - inclined to believe or confide readily; full of trust; "great brown eye, true and trustful"- Nordhoff & Hall
incredulous - not disposed or willing to believe; unbelieving
2.credulous - showing a lack of judgment or experience; "so credulous he believes everything he reads"
naif, naive - marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience; "a teenager's naive ignorance of life"; "the naive assumption that things can only get better"; "this naive simple creature with wide friendly eyes so eager to believe appearances"

credulous

adjective gullible, trusting, unsuspecting, naive or naïve, uncritical, green, born yesterday (informal), wet behind the ears (informal), unsuspicious, as green as grass, overtrusting Why are westerners such credulous suckers for alternative therapies?
suspecting, wary, cynical, sceptical, incredulous, unbelieving

credulous

adjective
Easily imposed on or tricked:
Translations
سَريع التَّصْديق
důvěřivý
godtroendenaiv
trúgjarn
lengvatikislengvatikybė
lētticīgs
çabuk inanansafdil

credulous

[ˈkredjʊləs] ADJcrédulo

credulous

[ˈkrɛdʒʊləs] adj (= gullible) [person] → crédule

credulous

, credulously
adj, advleichtgläubig

credulous

[ˈkrɛdjʊləs] adjcredulo/a

credulous

(ˈkredjuləs) , ((American) -dʒu-) adjective
believing too easily.
ˈcredulousness, creˈdulity (-ˈdjuː-) noun
References in classic literature ?
As the credulous and excited traveler related the hazardous chances of the wilderness, the blood of the timid curdled with terror, and mothers cast anxious glances even at those children which slumbered within the security of the largest towns.
in good time, though, to his great delight, the three salt-sea warriors would rise and depart; to his credulous, fable-mongering ears, all their martial bones jingling in them at every step, like Moorish scimetars in scabbards.
This terrible event clothed the archangel with added influence; because his credulous disciples believed that he had specifically fore-announced it, instead of only making a general prophecy, which any one might have done, and so have chanced to hit one of many marks in the wide margin allowed.
In a knot-hole of the garret, that had opened, she had inserted the neck of an old bottle, in such a manner that when there was the least wind, most doleful and lugubrious wailing sounds proceeded from it, which, in a high wind, increased to a perfect shriek, such as to credulous and superstitious ears might easily seem to be that of horror and despair.
A brown spotted lady-bug climbed the dizzy height of a grass blade, and Tom bent down close to it and said, "Lady-bug, lady-bug, fly away home, your house is on fire, your children's alone," and she took wing and went off to see about it -- which did not surprise the boy, for he knew of old that this insect was credulous about conflagrations, and he had practised upon its simplicity more than once.
It was rumored that her elaborately curled "front piece" had cost five dollars, and that it was sent into Portland twice a year to be dressed and frizzed; but it is extremely difficult to discover the precise facts in such cases, and a conscientious historian always prefers to warn a too credulous reader against imbibing as gospel truth something that might be the basest perversion of it.
The advocates of the tinder-box-and-pedlar view considered the other side a muddle-headed and credulous set, who, because they themselves were wall-eyed, supposed everybody else to have the same blank outlook; and the adherents of the inexplicable more than hinted that their antagonists were animals inclined to crow before they had found any corn--mere skimming-dishes in point of depth--whose clear-sightedness consisted in supposing there was nothing behind a barn-door because they couldn't see through it; so that, though their controversy did not serve to elicit the fact concerning the robbery, it elicited some true opinions of collateral importance.
So glister'd the dire Snake and into fraud Led EVE our credulous Mother, to the Tree Of prohibition, root of all our woe; Which when she saw, thus to her guide she spake.
His features, keen and regular, with an aquiline nose, and piercing black eyes; his high and wrinkled forehead, and long grey hair and beard, would have been considered as handsome, had they not been the marks of a physiognomy peculiar to a race, which, during those dark ages, was alike detested by the credulous and prejudiced vulgar, and persecuted by the greedy and rapacious nobility, and who, perhaps, owing to that very hatred and persecution, had adopted a national character, in which there was much, to say the least, mean and unamiable.
He has broken his word and seized the opportunity I was mad and credulous enough to tell him of.
The girl's highly strung imagination, her affectionate and credulous mind, the primitive education which had surrounded her childhood with a circle of legends, the constant brooding over her dead father and, above all, the state of sublime ecstasy into which music threw her from the moment that this art was made manifest to her in certain exceptional conditions, as in the churchyard at Perros; all this seemed to him to constitute a moral ground only too favorable for the malevolent designs of some mysterious and unscrupulous person.
In applying thus particularly to the Senate a general observation suggested by the situation of the country, I am governed by the consideration, that the credulous votaries of State power cannot, upon their own principles, suspect, that the State legislatures would be warped from their duty by any external influence.