credible, credulous - vocabulary



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credible, credulous - adjective

Credible: capable of being believed; worthy of belief, as in a credible witness.

Credulous: willing to believe too readily; gullible.

Note: The term incredulous means disinclined to believe, skeptical.
Today's preferred methods haven't changed much since political polling's nadir, in 1948, when erroneous pre-election surveys were relied on by the credulous press to predict a victory for Republican Thomas Dewey over Harry Truman. In one of its editions printed on election night, the Chicago Daily Tribune ran the infamous headline, "Dewey Defeats Truman."

—Carl Bialik “Grading the Pollsters” Wall Street Journal, November 16, 2006
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