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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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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But there is no credible scientific evidence indicating that commercially available brain training programs will slow the mind’s march toward Alzheimer’s. Denise C. Park,, "5 myths about Alzheimer's disease," 18 June 2018 Daniels has turned out to be a credible witness with a wicked sense of humor, a successful businesswoman, and a mother with a passion for the equestrian arts. Rachel Dodes, Vanities, "Michael Avenatti Is “Very Flattered” That You Think He’s a Style Icon," 17 May 2018 The credible allegations against Schneiderman highlight the urgency of a project such as DAGA’s 1881 Initiative. Kaylen Ralph, Glamour, "Say It With Me: Eric Schneiderman's Replacement Needs to Be a Woman," 10 May 2018 European nations, especially NATO nations, are very concerned about the ambivalence that’s being signaled from the U.S. towards NATO—whether its commitments to the defensive umbrella are credible or not. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, "Is It Fair for Trump to Bash NATO Over Military Spending?," 12 July 2018 Until recently, adults with credible asylum claims were typically released, often with ankle bracelets or other electronic monitoring systems, and allowed to live in the U.S. until their hearing date. Jazmine Ulloa,, "Trump administration ups its estimate of children separated from their parents to 3,000; about 100 are toddlers," 5 July 2018 His three-point shot remains in the credible range. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Melo to Miami? How Heat’s interest in Carmelo Anthony reveals one team’s desperation," 11 July 2018 Nine months passed without a credible lead, however. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Extraordinary musky fishing tale, verified and true, comes to happy ending," 11 July 2018 Carlos’ current lawyer, who works with the YMCA of Greater Houston, is now trying to fight his credible fear denial in immigration court. Jay Root And Shannon Najmabadi, star-telegram, "'A very cruel punishment': Family split by 'zero tolerance' won't try to cross again," 10 July 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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