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 Some are more credible and well-funded than others. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "At Astra, failure is an option," 6 Feb. 2020 Here’s an equally important consideration, this one regarding strategy: President Trump’s imposition of actual tariffs has made the threat of tariffs more credible, and a variety of Trump tariff threats have borne robust results. Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review, "Navarro’s Faith-Based Case for Tariffs," 17 Jan. 2020 Marc Short, Pence's chief of staff, said that Parnas' account is not credible and should not be believed. Anchorage Daily News, "Parnas ties Pence’s snub of Ukraine to Giuliani’s efforts," 17 Jan. 2020 The investigator divided 24 allegations made against Horwitz into substantiated, highly credible and unsubstantiated, based on city records and witness interviews. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Allegations of Beachwood Mayor Martin Horwitz’s misconduct: Read the full report," 26 Nov. 2019 The diocese ultimately found her report credible, records show. Mitch Weiss, The Denver Post, "Victims, reports say boards to review church abuse flawed," 21 Nov. 2019 De Miramon offers credible evidence that Kagame may have deliberately helped spark the genocide to enable his own conquest of Rwanda. Harper's magazine, "Letters," 16 Sep. 2019 Citing credible threats of violence, Governor Ralph Northam declared a temporary state of emergency days ahead of Monday’s rally, banning all weapons, including guns, from Capitol Square. Sarah Rankin,, "Virginia’s governor declares temporary state of emergency days ahead of gun-rights rally," 19 Jan. 2020 Northam said there were credible threats of violence - like weaponized drones being deployed over Capitol Square. Anchorage Daily News, "Gun-rights activists gear up for show of force in Virginia," 18 Jan. 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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19 Feb 2020

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“Credible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 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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