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[kruh-doo-li-tee, -dyoo-] /krəˈdu lɪ ti, -ˈdyu-/
willingness to believe or trust too readily, especially without proper or adequate evidence; gullibility.
Origin of credulity
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English credulite < Latin crēdulitās. See credulous, -ity
Related forms
overcredulity, noun Unabridged
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  • Refusing to believe something in the face of scientific evidence is not skepticism, it is the height of credulity.
  • Some seem pretty reasonable after seeing their stories, while others still strain the bounds of credulity.
  • There's a huge amount of self-deception and irrational credulity in the public.
  • They owe to donate time and expose all the anti-Science people for what they are charlatans who live from the credulity of fools.
  • The emperor condemned his too scrupulous fears and credulity, and made her ample amends.
  • They accepted the bare word of their predecessors with a touching credulity.
  • While that strains credulity, it opens room for reasonable doubt.
  • But that might have taxed the credulity of even the unwary.
  • Someone who takes credulity to new and scary and non-scientifically-approved heights.
  • The credulity and ignorance of these people is astonishing.
British Dictionary definitions for credulity


disposition to believe something on little evidence; gullibility
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Word Origin and History for credulity

early 15c., from Old French credulité (12c.), from Latin credulitatem (nominative credulitas) "easiness of belief, rash confidence," noun of quality from credulus (see credulous).

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