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A modern dictionary of 5,679 Catholic terms (including abbreviations), both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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CREDULITY

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Belief, especially religious belief, that is not based on sufficient reason. A credulous person accepts the word of someone without having established either the knowledge or honesty of the one whom he believes. Credulity is groundless faith, that believes only from instinct or habit or emotion and not on objective premises that are provable by reason. (Etym. Latin credulitas, from credulus, credulous.)