Consider Mike for this.

I want a term that describes Mike, who is very easily 'convinceable'. But, Mike is not foolish or innocent. In other words, anybody able to fog a mirror can go, convince, and fulfill their wish.

Simplest example is...a salesperson with a bogus product going to Mike; it's easy for him to convince Mike. Mike purchases product without any hassle or a contractor going to Mike, convincing him for a fraudulent scheme project without much efforts.

What do we call Mike? A word for a person who can be convinced easily; but please mind it, he's not foolish or innocent. He's just easily convinceable.

My homework: I tried OneLook Reverse but could not get the term :(

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    Gullible is first that springs to mind - or maybe credulous – gone fishin' again. Mar 18 '15 at 11:24
  • @Tetsujin ahhh...gullible is so close! :) thanks – Maulik V Mar 18 '15 at 11:47
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    Naive is another word that springs to mind. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Mar 18 '15 at 12:33
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    Not a single word, but I think it's worth a mention. "To be easily led" (First of the phrases) i.e. "Mike is easily led". – JMB Mar 18 '15 at 14:53
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    @TRomano Rather than provide vague quotations / analogies, please be more direct in helping the Questioner by stating what you think the issue is and why. Otherwise, your comment may sound sarcastic and your point can be lost. As I see it, you probably take issue with OP's use of "foolish" as in, "One who is gullible is foolish." It may be a definition of foolish that the OP isn't thinking about. – CoolHandLouis Mar 18 '15 at 18:43

Gullible is good IMO.

From http://www.learnersdictionary.com/definition/gullible: easily fooled or cheated, especially : quick to believe something that is not true. I'm not gullible enough to believe something that outrageous. They sell overpriced souvenirs to gullible tourists.

Credulous also fits, but from my experience/cultural-exposure, many people have told me they were (or someone else was) gullible, but I don't recall anyone describing someone as credulous. Strange.

Wikipedia has a comparison under gullibility:

  • Gullibility 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.

There is also some comparison (and interesting discussion) of the terms in wikipedia's credulity though (IMO) the definitions given are not as precise as the various references suggest.

This ngram is interesting, showing that credulous has declined in the 20th century. This COCA report shows gullible is more common now.

  • Credulous to me tends to imply naïveté more strongly than gullible, and is more often associated with a group while gullible is more often associated with an individual. Anyone could be gullible in a particular situation, but in my experience credulous is more related to being unsophisticated in general. "Oh I can't believe I was so gullible when I talked to that salesperson last week." versus "The salesperson took advantage of the credulous populations of small towns throughout the state." – ColleenV Mar 18 '15 at 19:51
  • @ColleenV A quick look at some COCA collacates and examples doesn't seem to support that distinction.. – CoolHandLouis Mar 18 '15 at 22:12
  • I don't think I articulated it well, and I do think you're right (obviously) about credulous being more rare. To me gullible describes individuals most often and credulous is used more often with groups or things, like "credulous stares" or "a credulous account of an event" or "credulous children". It's perfectly fine to say "he was credulous" but I would probably choose "he was gullible". – ColleenV Mar 18 '15 at 23:21
  • Yes, this one is quite close to what I want. +1 :) – Maulik V Mar 19 '15 at 4:40

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