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- Excessively ready to believe things; gullible.
- 1620, Giovanni Bocaccio, John Florio, transl., The Decameron, Containing an Hundred Pleaſant Nouels: Wittily Diſcourſed, Betweene Seuen Honourable Ladies, and Three Noble Gentlemen, Isaac Iaggard, Nouell 8, The Eighth Day:
- […] purſued his vnneighbourly purpoſe in ſuch ſort: that hee being the ſtronger perſwader, and ſhe (belike) too credulous in beleeuing or elſe ouer-feeble in reſiſting, from priuate imparlance, they fell to action; and continued their cloſe fight a long while together, vnſeene and vvithout ſuſpition, no doubt to their equall ioy and contentment.
- Believed too readily. (Can we verify(+) this sense?)
- c. 1604–1626, doubtfully attributed to Francis Beaumont; John Fletcher, “The Faithful Friends”, in Henry [William] Weber, editor, The Works of Beaumont and Fletcher, in Fourteen Volumes: […], volume I, Edinburgh: […] F[rancis] C[harles] and J[ohn] Rivington; […], published 1812, OCLC 1084827221, Act IV, scene i, page 99:
- 'Twas he possess'd me with your credulous death
- 1834, William Swainson, A Preliminary Discourse on the Study of Natural History (Cabinet Cyclopedia), page 8-9:
- The powerful mind of Aristotle, which led him to reject with disdain the credulous tales and fabulous stories of the age, can nowhere be traced in the writings of Pliny, whose works, on the contrary, abound in fables and in prodigies, at once manifesting that weakness of mind inseparable from credulity, or that disinclination to investigate truth, which is the sure mark of a secondary order of intellect.
- 2020, David Spiegelhalter, “Should We Trust Algorithms?”, in Harvard Data Science Review, volume 2, number 1, DOI:https://doi.org/10.1162/99608f92.cb91a35a, page 2:
- The media (and politicians) are replete with credulous stories about machine learning and AI, but these stories are often based on commercial claims.
excessively ready to believe things