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  • 1 credulous — credulous, gullible both mean unduly trusting or confiding but they differ significantly in their implications as do their corresponding nouns credulity and gullibility. Credulous and credulity stress a tendency to believe readily and… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 2 Credulous — Cred u*lous (kr?d ? l?s; 135), a. [L. credulus, fr. credere. See {Creed}.] 1. Apt to believe on slight evidence; easily imposed upon; unsuspecting. Landor. [1913 Webster] Eve, our credulous mother. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Believed too readily.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 credulous — I adjective believing, credulus, deceivable, disposed to believe, easily convinced, easily deceived, easily duped, easily taken in, green, gullible, misjudging, naive, overly trustful, persuasible, prone to believe, simple, trusting, undoubting,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 credulous — 1570s, from L. credulus that easily believes, trustful, from credere to believe (see CREDO (Cf. credo)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 credulous — [adj] gullible, naive accepting, believing, born yesterday*, dupable, easy mark*, falling for*, green, overtrusting, simple, swallow whole, taken in, trustful, trusting, uncritical, unquestioning, unsophisticated, unsuspecting, unsuspicious,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 credulous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ excessively ready to believe things; gullible. DERIVATIVES credulity noun credulously adverb. ORIGIN Latin credulus, from credere believe …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 credulous — [krej′oo ləs, krej′ə ləs] adj. [L credulus < credere: see CREED] 1. tending to believe too readily; easily convinced 2. resulting from or indicating credulity credulously adv. credulousness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 credulous — credible, creditable, credulous Credible means ‘able to be believed’, with reference to people or statements: • I stand on the balcony, apparently musing on this very credible story, but really wondering how soon we can step back inside R. James …

    Modern English usage

  • 9 credulous — adjective Etymology: Latin credulus, from credere Date: 1576 1. ready to believe especially on slight or uncertain evidence < accused of swindling credulous investors > 2. proceeding from credulity < …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 credulous — [[t]kre̱ʤʊləs[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone as credulous, you have a low opinion of them because they are too ready to believe what people tell them and are easily deceived. ...quack doctors charming money out of the… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 credulous — credulously, adv. credulousness, n. /krej euh leuhs/, adj. 1. willing to believe or trust too readily, esp. without proper or adequate evidence; gullible. 2. marked by or arising from credulity: a credulous rumor. [1570 80; < L credulus, equiv.… …

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  • 12 credulous — cred|u|lous [ˈkredjuləs US dʒə ] adj formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: credulus, from credere; CREDENCE] always believing what you are told, and therefore easily deceived = ↑gullible ▪ Quinn charmed credulous investors out of millions of… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 credulous — cred|u|lous [ kredjələs ] adjective FORMAL tending to believe things that people tell you and therefore easily tricked or cheated: Credulous investors were persuaded to part with large sums of money …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 credulous — adjective always believing what you are told, and therefore easily deceived: This man has coaxed millions of pounds from a credulous public. credulously adverb credulousness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 credulous — adjective he sold miracle cures to desperate and credulous clients Syn: gullible, naive, too trusting, easily taken in, impressionable, unsuspecting, unsuspicious, unwary, unquestioning; innocent, ingenuous, inexperienced, unsophisticated,… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 16 credulous — UK [ˈkredjʊləs] / US [ˈkredjələs] adjective formal tending to believe things that people tell you and therefore easily tricked or cheated Credulous investors were persuaded to part with large sums of money …

    English dictionary

  • 17 credulous — cred•u•lous [[t]ˈkrɛdʒ ə ləs[/t]] adj. 1) willing to believe or trust too readily; gullible 2) marked by or arising from credulity: a credulous rumor[/ex] • Etymology: 1570–80; < L crēdulus=crēd(ere) to believe + ulus ulous cred′u•lous•ly, adv …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 credulous — adjective /krɛdjələs,ˈkrɛdʒələs/ Excessively ready to believe things; gullible. Syn: naive, unworldly Ant: incredulous See Also: credulity …

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  • 19 credulous — See credible …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 20 credulous — Synonyms and related words: accepting, apish, asinine, batty, befooled, beguiled, believing, besotted, brainless, buffoonish, childlike, cockeyed, confiding, crazy, daffy, daft, dazed, dependent, depending, dizzy, doting, dumb, dupable, easily… …

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