cred·​i·​ble ˈkre-də-bəl How to pronounce credible (audio)
: offering reasonable grounds for being believed
a credible account of the accident
credible witnesses
: of sufficient capability to be militarily effective
a credible deterrent
credible forces
credibly 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.

Example Sentences

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


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of credible was in the 14th century

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“Credible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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cred·​i·​ble ˈkred-ə-bəl How to pronounce credible (audio)
: offering reasonable grounds for being believed
a credible story
credibly adverb

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