cred·​i·​ble | \ ˈkre-də-bəl \

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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Other Words from credible

credibly \ ˈkre-​də-​blē \ 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.

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Yet credible doping allegations followed Armstrong throughout his career. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Are Kilian Jornet's Speed Records Too Good to Be True?," 12 July 2018 These changes were approved by a close referendum in 2017, amid credible allegations of cheating. The Economist, "Turkey’s president deserves to lose on June 24th," 21 June 2018 The 32-year-old actor, who brought both a credible threat and comic relief to the role of T'Challa's rival M'Baku, says there was some fear in the early days of filming in 2017. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Black Panther Breakout Winston Duke Is Ready to Reset Hollywood," 4 Dec. 2018 It is granted if the U.S. government determines a person has a credible fear or is facing persecution in their home country based on a set of distinct criteria. Erin Coulehan, Teen Vogue, "What Asylum Means, and Why People Seek It," 13 Nov. 2018 Peña is a credible hard-charging good guy, enticing a gang of American DEA agents in Guadalajara to follow his lead, but real credit here goes to Luna—always an appealing actor but a revelation as a villain. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "The Last Kingdom," 21 Nov. 2018 Or, the websites for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the American Psychiatric Association (APA) are excellent, credible places to start. 7. SELF, "9 Awkward Questions You Probably Want to Ask Your New Therapist," 31 Oct. 2018 Juliana’s work for the resistance gets an assist from a series newcomer, black market trader Wyatt Price (Jason O’Mara), who can turn from charming to issuing credible death threats within a sentence of negotiation. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Season 3 of The Man in the High Castle doubles down on science fiction — and stumbles," 27 Sep. 2018 While Ford is the one actually under the attack of credible death threats and violent vitriol, Kavanaugh is the person with all the protections of the government. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Death Threats and Discrediting: The Treatment of Christine Blasey Ford Is a Reminder of What's at Stake for Sexual Assault Survivors," 21 Sep. 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of credible

: possible to believe : deserving belief credible witnesses

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credibly \ -​blē \ adverb

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