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gullible

[guhl-uh-buh l] /ˈgʌl ə bəl/
adjective
1.
easily deceived or cheated.
Also, gullable.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; gull2 + -ible
Related forms
gullibility, noun
gullibly, adverb
Synonyms
credulous, trusting, naive, innocent, simple, green.
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  • Fraud victims often lack support from family and friends, who blame them or make fun of them for their gullibility.
  • She said the vote on the indoor smoking ban was a test of our gullibility as consumers.
British Dictionary definitions for gullibility

gullible

/ˈɡʌləbəl/
adjective
1.
easily taken in or tricked
Derived Forms
gullibility, noun
gullibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for gullibility
n.

1793, earlier cullibility (1728), probably from gull (n.2) "dupe, sucker" + -ability.

gullible

adj.

1825, apparently a back-formation from gullibility. Gullable is attested from 1818.

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