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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Other Words from credible

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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That claim, based on a small study conducted at the University of Florida, was circulated widely by many highly credible sources after the initial research was published in 2013. Denise C. Park,, "5 myths about Alzheimer's disease," 18 June 2018 Accounts that boast high numbers of followers are often seen as more credible. Ethan Millman,, "Twitter accounts are about to lose a bunch of followers," 11 July 2018 As of Friday morning, recent Washington Post accusations against White House adviser Ivanka Trump have become even less credible. James Freeman, WSJ, "Ivanka Checks the ‘Fact Checker’," 6 July 2018 All three mesh kits can supply 8Mbps per station and make a credible stab at 16. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Exclusive: Plume’s new “Superpod” hardware is here—and it’s fast," 12 June 2018 The appointments show Sanchez laying out his credentials to be credible on the economy -- a strong suit for his predecessor Mariano Rajoy -- and enforcing the rule of law in Catalonia. Esteban Duarte,, "Sanchez's Spanish Cabinet Sends Signal on Catalonia, Economy," 5 June 2018 In gratitude, Mancuso chose to speak publicly to make his support more credible. Amanda Schaffer, WIRED, "The Dying Scientist and His Rogue Vaccine Trial," 1 May 2018 By contrast, in a contested primary with at least three credible candidates, Democrats mustered only 36,697 total votes. Dan Rodricks,, "On leaving baseball, flipping the First, discovering an awesome tree," 6 July 2018 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

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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

Other Words from credible

credibly \ -​blē \ adverb

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