adjective cred·i·ble \ˈkre-də-bəl\

: able to be believed : reasonable to trust or believe

: good enough to be effective

Full Definition of CREDIBLE

:  offering reasonable grounds for being believed <a credible account of an accident> <credible witnesses>
:  of sufficient capability to be militarily effective <a credible deterrent> <credible forces>
cred·i·bly \ˈkre-də-blē\ adverb

Examples of CREDIBLE

  1. We've received credible information about the group's location.
  2. She does a credible job of playing the famous singer.

Origin of CREDIBLE

Middle English, from Latin credibilis, from credere
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with CREDIBLE

CREDIBLE Defined for Kids


adjective cred·i·ble \ˈkre-də-bəl\

Definition of CREDIBLE for Kids

:  possible to believe :  deserving belief <credible witnesses>
cred·i·bly \-blē\ adverb

Word Root of CREDIBLE

The Latin word credere, meaning to believe, gives us the root cred. Words from the Latin credere have something to do with believing someone or something. Something credible is easy to believe, while something incredible is so out of the ordinary that it is difficult to believe. Giving credit to something someone says is believing that it is true.


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