cred·​i·​ble | \ ˈkre-də-bəl How to pronounce credible (audio) \

Definition of credible

1 : offering reasonable grounds for being believed a credible account of the accident credible witnesses
2 : of sufficient capability to be militarily effective a credible deterrent credible forces

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credibly \ ˈkre-​də-​blē How to pronounce credible (audio) \ adverb

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Credible evidence is evidence that's likely to be believed. A credible plan is one that might actually work, and a credible excuse is one your parents might actually believe. And just as credible means "believable", the noun credibility means "believability". (But we no longer use incredible to mean the literal opposite of credible, just as we no longer use unbelievable as the literal opposite of believable.) Since cred is short for credibility, "street cred" is the kind of credibility among tough young people that you can only get by proving yourself on the mean streets of the inner city.

Examples of credible in a Sentence

We've received credible information about the group's location. She does a credible job of playing the famous singer.
Recent Examples on the Web Two departing Food and Drug Administration regulators argued in a review published Monday that none of the data on coronavirus vaccines so far provided credible evidence in support of booster shots for the general population. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 14 Sep. 2021 An emerging narrative pushed by major Fox News personalities and others claims California Governor Gavin Newsom will only win the recall because of election fraud and so called ballot harvesting, despite the lack of any credible evidence. Ramishah Maruf, CNN, 12 Sep. 2021 There is not a single scintilla of credible evidence that Ms. Benefield has ever been poisoned or suffered from any illness of any poison. Jim Axelrod, CBS News, 8 Sep. 2021 Lack of credible scientific evidence notwithstanding, there are still a surprising number of people in the medical profession who believe in ivermectin as a Covid-19 slayer. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 29 Aug. 2021 The leaders’ removal came after an internal investigation found credible evidence that the school didn’t act appropriately after receiving complaints about at least one student being mistreated between 2014 and 2019, the spokesman said., 27 Aug. 2021 School Superintendent Michael Riordan said the lockdown was implemented after receiving a credible report that a student might be coming to the school with a gun. Alicia Fabbre,, 2 Sep. 2021 The petition for new trial is denied as the judge finds statements not credible that Bryant and his two friends, all African-American, could go unnoticed in the mostly white neighborhood. CNN, 2 Sep. 2021 Another factor working in his favor is there are very few Utah Republicans with the political juice to mount a credible challenge to Romney. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of credible

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for credible

Middle English, from Latin credibilis, from credere — see credence

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“Credible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of credible

: able to be believed : reasonable to trust or believe
: good enough to be effective


cred·​i·​ble | \ ˈkre-də-bəl How to pronounce credible (audio) \

Kids Definition of credible

: possible to believe : deserving belief credible witnesses

Other Words from credible

credibly \ -​blē \ adverb

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