Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Disposed to believe too readily; gullible.
  • adjective Arising from or characterized by credulity.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Characterized by or exhibiting credulity; uncritical with regard to beliefs; easily deceived; gullible.
  • Believed too readily.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Apt to believe on slight evidence; easily imposed upon; unsuspecting.
  • adjective obsolete Believed too readily.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Excessively ready to believe things; gullible.
  • adjective obsolete Believed too readily.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective showing a lack of judgment or experience
  • adjective disposed to believe on little evidence

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Latin crēdulus, from crēdere, to believe; see kerd- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Originated in 1576, from Latin crēdulus ("that easily believes a thing, credulous"), from crēdō ("to believe").

Examples

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  • Having too great a readiness to believe things

    July 8, 2014