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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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 In a statement, the KDF said any credible allegations would be referred to the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, a watchdog set up by the government. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "In Kenya’s fight against al-Shabab, locals say the military is fighting terror with terror," 3 Nov. 2019 When inflation targets are not credible, the future is more likely to spring a costly surprise. The Economist, "The world economyInflation is losing its meaning as an economic indicator," 10 Oct. 2019 Defendants can argue an officer who had a hand in investigating them is not credible given the officer's past. Max Londberg,, "Enquirer investigation: 70 cops with spotty records work in and around Cincinnati. Find out where.," 10 Oct. 2019 And because the lists of priests with credible allegations against them were so thin until the past year, there was little to cross-check. Claudia Lauer And Meghan Hoyer,, "Without oversight, scores of accused priests live under the radar and commit crimes," 5 Oct. 2019 In 2006, the Archdiocese of Detroit hired a former parole officer to monitor priests permanently removed from ministry after credible abuse allegations. Anchorage Daily News, "Without oversight, scores of accused priests commit crimes," 5 Oct. 2019 The State Board of Elections ordered up a new election after credible allegations of ballot fraud emerged during the 2018 contest. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things to know for September 10: North Carolina, North Korea, Bahamas, Russia spy," 10 Sep. 2019 An investigative report from the University of Louisville found credible allegations of bullying, discrimination and mistreatment by fired men's tennis coach Rex Ecarma, detailed in records obtained by the Courier Journal. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville men's tennis coach bullied and mistreated players, investigation found," 19 Aug. 2019 There just isn’t credible evidence that Terry Rozier is a starting-level point guard. The Crossover Staff,, "Which Team Was the Most Clueless During NBA Free Agency?," 8 July 2019

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

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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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