I adjective believing, credulus, deceivable, disposed to believe, easily convinced, easily deceived, easily duped, easily taken in, green, gullible, misjudging, naive, overly trustful, persuasible, prone to believe, simple, trusting, undoubting, unquestioning, unsophisticated, unsuspecting, unsuspicious II index certain (positive), naive, unsuspecting

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  • credulous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ excessively ready to believe things; gullible. DERIVATIVES credulity noun credulously adverb. ORIGIN Latin credulus, from credere believe …   English terms dictionary

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