from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A disposition to believe too readily.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A willingness to believe in someone or something in the absence of reasonable proof; credulousness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Readiness of belief; a disposition to believe on slight evidence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A weak or ignorant disregard of the nature or strength of the evidence upon which a belief is founded; in general, a disposition, arising from weakness or ignorance, to believe too readily, especially impossible or absurd things.
- n. Synonyms Fanaticism, Bigotry, etc.
- n. See superstition.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. tendency to believe readily
A wife whose mind was oriented in the new direction effectually silenced her husband's ridicule of what he called her credulity by reminding him that when wireless telegraphy was first suggested he had exclaimed, "Ah, that, you know, is one of the things that is not possible!"
Some of the final plot turns strain credulity, and Flynn has a thing for coining hyphenated words.
[E] mploys a whiplash plot turn that may strain credulity, but its still an engaging suspense tale.
The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.
In the circumstances widespread credulity is their greatest asset, and our greatest hazard — especially when we allow the discrete questions of quality (on one hand) and rarity (on the other) to get thoroughly mixed up.
That the circumstances described are, sadly, fairly tame compared to the horrific situations I've encountered covering court cases, stuff that would probably strain credulity if I ever attempted to present any of it as fiction.
If the Obamatons want to lead with this message, they have to understand that it will strain credulity that you just now figured out that this was unworkable.
Their haplessness, ignorance and apathy are by-products of that still more basic corruption — and credulity is in fact a type of corruption in the current social/political arena writ large.
The coincidences so strain credulity that they border on a deus ex machina.
Nor does it strain credulity to imagine that the judges might actually have seen the art in person, as opposed to viewing the works on video or slide.