Is there a term referring to the tendency of a person to believe something to be true simply because it is noted down somewhere?

By noted down I mean either written down in real life or on the internet, but also broadcasted on TV or included in any other form of media.

My first thoughts were belief and confirmation bias, but I feel like neither of those terms match what I'm looking for. The closest I got to an answer is this question, Term for the sense that something must be true because many people talk about it, which I found on this site, but what I'm looking for is focused more on a single person, not considering the society as a whole.

To describe it in another way, I'm looking for a term which would describe a person neglecting to check the validity of a fact, not because they trust the source of the fact, but simply because they are tired or their mind is somehow occupied with something else.


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This sounds like a special case of the argument from authority.


I'd suggest "gullibility"(noun) and "gullible" (adj)

  • gullible (adj) - quick to believe something that is not true.

  • gullibility (noun) - tendency to believe too readily and therefore to be easily deceived.

Now, if the person is too lazy to check the veracity of what he's read or been told by an unreliable source, I would say he is careless or even reckless.


I'm not sure if this captures your intended meaning, but the word "suggestibility" comes to mind.

  • Suggestibility is similar to what I'm looking for, but not it. I've edited the question with a clarification.
    – akukas
    Oct 22, 2015 at 20:17

faith also unquestioning faith and blind faith

1. complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
"this restores one's faith in politicians"
synonyms: trust, belief, confidence, conviction, credence, reliance, dependence;

2. strong belief in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual conviction rather than proof.



"Gullibility" (answered by @Centaurus) is a failure of social intelligence in which a person is easily tricked or manipulated into an ill-advised course of action.

It is closely related to credulity, which is the tendency to believe unlikely propositions that are unsupported by evidence.

Source: Wikipedia

EDIT: beaten on the wire by Centaurus for "gullibility".



: belief; acceptance as true or valid. Random-House

accept/take at face value

: to accept something exactly the way it appears to be. I don't know whether I can take her story at face value, but I will assume that she is not lying. The committee took the report at face value and approved the suggested changes McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Something that is taken/accepted at face value is regarded as true or genuine without being questioned or doubted. M-W


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