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credulity

[kruh-doo-li-tee, -dyoo-] /krəˈdu lɪ ti, -ˈdyu-/
noun
1.
willingness to believe or trust too readily, especially without proper or adequate evidence; gullibility.
Origin of credulity
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English credulite < Latin crēdulitās. See credulous, -ity
Related forms
overcredulity, noun
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  • However, the notion that nearly two-thirds of Iranians want another four years of Ahmadinejad strains any credulity.

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credulity

/krɪˈdjuːlɪtɪ/
noun
1.
disposition to believe something on little evidence; gullibility
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Word Origin and History for credulity
n.

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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