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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Other Words from credible

credibly \ ˈkre-​də-​blē How to pronounce credibly (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.

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The Florida Department of State, which oversees elections, has not received any credible allegations of fraud or criminal activity. German Lopez, Vox, "The Florida voter fraud allegations, explained," 12 Nov. 2018 Among the concerns is that the Myanmar government led by Aung San Suu Kyi has consistently denied credible allegations of widespread atrocities collected by the U.N. and international human rights groups. Shashank Bengali,, "Myanmar and U.N. agree on plan to repatriate Rohingya amid uncertainty over their safety," 6 June 2018 Google investigated and concluded her claim was credible, said the people, who spoke on the condition that they not be named, citing confidentiality agreements. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Over a decade, Google handsomely paid 3 men accused of misconduct, per report," 25 Oct. 2018 As the search continues for the second suspect, a Crimestoppers award is available for anyone with credible information on the case. Fleming Smith, ajc, "Man arrested in deadly Athens shooting; accomplice still unidentified," 6 June 2018 The Johnsons were charged based on a witness and physical evidence, but the charging documents lacked any information about how credible the witness is and what kind of physical evidence the police found, Brown said. Jessica Anderson,, "Judge sets $75,000, $150,000 bail for brothers charged in Towson double homicide," 19 Apr. 2018 Initially, Russia tossed out estimates of speeds up to 115 mph, but this is incredibly fast for an underwater vehicle—about twice the speed of any U.S. torpedo—and barely credible even with nuclear propulsion. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Truth Behind Russia’s 'Apocalypse Torpedo'," 18 Jan. 2019 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

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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 How to pronounce credible (audio) \

Kids Definition of credible

: possible to believe : deserving belief credible witnesses

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credibly \ -​blē \ adverb

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