Credulity Cre*du"li*ty (kr?-d?"l?-t?), n. [L. credulitas, fr. credulus: cf. F. cr['e]dulit['e]. See {Credulous}.] Readiness of belief; a disposition to believe on slight evidence. [1913 Webster]

That implict credulity is the mark of a feeble mind will not be disputed. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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