credible vs credulous :

credible or credulous

“Credible” means “believable” or “trustworthy.” It is also used in amore abstract sense, meaning something like “worthy”: “She made acredible lyric soprano.” Don’t confuse “credible” with “credulous,” amuch rarer word which means “gullible.” “He was incredulous” means “hedidn’t believe it” whereas “he was incredible” means “he was wonderful”(but use the latter expression only in casual speech).Although you will commonly see it said of some far-fetched story either that “it strains credulity” or that “it strains credibility,” the latter is more traditional. Something that strains credulity would be beyond the powers of even a very gullible person to believe. This form of the saying isn’t very effective because a credulous person isn’t straining to believe things anyway. Such a person believes easily without thinking. It makes more sense to say that something too weird or wild to be credible “strains credibility.”See also “” and “.”

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  • a  capable of being believed
    completely credible testimony
    credible information
  • s  (a common but incorrect usage where `credulous' would be appropriate) credulous
    she was not the...credible fool he expected
  • s  appearing to merit belief or acceptance
    a credible witness

  • a  disposed to believe on little evidence
    the gimmick would convince none but the most credulous
  • s  showing a lack of judgment or experience
    so credulous he believes everything he reads
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