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.
Recent Examples on the Web Cohen simply isn’t credible, especially when compared to public servants, whether they are named or unnamed. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Why Doesn’t Michael Cohen Get to Be an Anti-Trump Crusader?," 10 Sep. 2020 When tips flow into the center, five analysts and a supervisor at the Wisconsin Department of Justice will review the information, assess which tips are credible and determine how they should be handled. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin students, school staff can use a new tool to report bullying, suicidal thoughts or potential shooting threats," 4 Sep. 2020 Many were found to be credible by an investigation. Natalie Gontcharova,, "Dispatches From My Gmail Folder Labeled “Kayleigh McEnany’s Lies”," 4 Sep. 2020 Experts proved the mark wasn’t from a bite, and the jailhouse informant was not credible., "Innocent Florida inmate released after 37 years," 28 Aug. 2020 The panel said the hearing officer must review Jordan’s case, determine whether his claims of pain were credible and, if so, apply the standard in Friday’s ruling. Bob Egelko,, "Severe pain is enough to consider a worker disabled, federal court rules," 28 Aug. 2020 Investigators are trying to determine whether the threat is credible, the FBI said in a statement., "Portland clashes rage again outside US immigration building," 21 Aug. 2020 But Trump has defended himself by claiming that the reports were not credible. Politifact Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Fact-checking Joe Biden at the 2020 Democratic National Convention," 21 Aug. 2020 Within days, the website received over 2,000 tips, though Meurer conceded only some were credible. Lydia Wang,, "Netflix Reveals There’s A New Season’s Worth Of Unsolved Mysteries," 20 Aug. 2020

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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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16 Sep 2020

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“Credible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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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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