Can I say someone is undeceived or ungullible? I didn't want to say 'someone is not deceived' nor 'someone is not gullible". That sounds too simple for me.

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    Have you tried looking up antonyms for gullible? – Weather Vane Oct 17 at 12:10
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    This is a question that could have been answered with a modicum of self-directed research; I found adequate information to answer this question to my satisfaction with a small number of Google searches. While many of us are willing to provide assistance - that's the whole premise of the Stack Exchange network - it's generally considered a good idea to try to solve the problem on your own, and then tell us what you tried when you come here and ask. – Jeff Zeitlin Oct 17 at 12:17

Merriam-Webster, Oxford, and Collins all indicate that “undeceived” is acceptable, but none of them appear to accept “ungullible”.

  • Thanks! :-) I will gor for "undeceived" then. – Helena Oct 17 at 12:18
  • But 'to undeceive' has the specific meaning of telling someone the truth about their mistaken belief. If the word being sought has to mean 'not able to be deceived', perhaps something like 'sceptical' is called for. – Kate Bunting Oct 17 at 15:53
  • @KateBunting - the usage here is in the past tense passive, e.g., "She was undeceived about his intentions.". That doesn't mean that she was necessarily told that his intentions were other than as presented; it just indicates that his attempt to convince her, by word or deed, that his intentions were as presented failed, and she recognized his actual intentions. – Jeff Zeitlin Oct 17 at 16:44
  • @JeffZeitlin All three definitions you linked to are for a transitive verb - to undeceive someone, implying that they had formerly been deceived.. For the meaning you suggest, I would say 'She was not deceived by...' – Kate Bunting Oct 17 at 17:50

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