credulous

People who believe things easily without having to be convinced are credulous. Sales people are always hoping that someone credulous picks up the phone during a sales call.

Credulous comes from the 16th-century Latin credulus, or "easily believes." A synonym for credulous is gullible, and both terms describe a person who accepts something willingly without a lot of supporting facts. Calling someone credulous can imply that the person is naive and simple. An individual isn't necessarily insulted by being called credulous, though, because some objects of belief, like religions and unicorns, come with a willing leap of faith for believing in what is unseen.

DEFINITIONS OF: credulous

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adj showing a lack of judgment or experience

“so credulous he believes everything he reads”
Synonyms
naif, naive
marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience

adj disposed to believe on little evidence

“the gimmick would convince none but the most credulous
Synonyms
credible
(a common but incorrect usage where `credulous' would be appropriate) credulous
overcredulous
too credulous for your own good
unquestioning
not inclined to ask questions
naif, naive
marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience
trustful, trusting
inclined to believe or confide readily; full of trust
Antonyms:
incredulous
not disposed or willing to believe; unbelieving
incredible, unbelievable
beyond belief or understanding
disbelieving, sceptical, skeptical, unbelieving
denying or questioning the tenets of especially a religion
distrustful
having or showing distrust
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