1. ready to believe; especially on slight or uncertain evidence

2. having or showing too great a readiness to believe things

3. someone who is too eager to believe things, often without thinking them through

If you describe someone as credulous, you have a low opinion of them because they are too ready to believe what people tell them and are easily deceived.

– Collins Dictionary

People who believe things easily without having to be convinced are credulous.

– Vocabulary Dictionary

Part of Speech (POS)


Below are a few examples of how to use the word correctly in a sentence:

• Because Kristen is so credulous, she always ends up dating the wrong guys. (Complex Sentence)

• Kristen is a credulous young woman who loves to make new friends but often she befriends the wrong people. (Compound Sentence).

• Despite Kristen’s credulous personality, she’s a well-educated English teacher and she enjoys reading books, so she’s constantly shopping at Barnes & Noble bookstore. (Compound-Complex Sentence)

• “I’m not credulous, I’m just a kind person with a big heart,” said Kristen. (Simple Sentence)

Other Words from Credulous

1. credulously = adverb

2. credulousness = noun

Here are a few synonyms for the word Credulous. Remember, a synonym is a word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase.

• gullible

• trusting

• naive

• unguarded

• deceivable

• impressionable


1. On a fresh sheet of paper, write three complex sentences using the word credulous. (A complex sentence is a sentence that contains one independent and at least one dependent clause).

An independent clause is a complete thought that can stand alone as a sentence. A dependent clause is not a complete thought. It is a sentence that depends on the independent clause.

2. On that same sheet of paper, write two compound sentences using a different word form of credulous. (A compound sentence is a sentence containing two (or more) independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction or semicolon.)

3. After you have completed this assignment, please type your written sentences in the Leave a Reply/Leave a Comment section below (keep scrolling down).

4. Please review The 4 Types of Sentences workshop in our Basic Rules of Grammar category.

A member of our teaching staff will provide helpful feedback for the sentences you provide in the comment section below. If you have any questions related to this workshop, please feel free to post them below.

Writing Tip: Use the word during a conversation today. The more you familiarize yourself with this word, by consistently incorporating it in your vocabulary and writing, the easier it will be to remember the word. Figuratively speaking, you’ll own the word.

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