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 Trump said he was not briefed because the intelligence community did not find the information to be credible. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "'You undermine our country's safety': Kayleigh McEnany condemns intelligence community leaks," 30 June 2020 In a scenario where the Democratic nominee calls for a do-over election while claiming to have credible evidence of interference by a foreign government, slightly fewer than half of all Americans (45%) say that would be inappropriate. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "Report: Many Americans say it would be 'inappropriate' for either party to dispute the election," 29 June 2020 As the report drew concerns even among his fellow Republicans, Mr. Trump later said intelligence officials told him he was not briefed because the information was not credible. Reuters Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "US intel shows Russian bounty for killing of American troops," 29 June 2020 President Donald Trump said in a tweet that U.S. intelligence officials told him a report that the Russian government paid bounties for American and allied troops to be killed in Afghanistan wasn’t credible, and therefore didn’t brief him about it. Jennifer Epstein,, "Trump Says Report on Russian Afghanistan Bounties Isn’t Credible," 29 June 2020 Asked how the president could assert that the bounty allegations weren’t credible without being briefed on that intelligence, McEnany pivoted to an attack on The Times’ credibility without providing a direct answer. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Trump rejects intel on Russian bounties, but top Texas Republicans say retaliation may be called for," 29 June 2020 But with a brand new virus like the one that causes COVID-19, these estimates are complicated by a dearth of credible information on symptoms, contagion and those who are most at risk. Jeyaraj Vadiveloo, The Conversation, "This simple model shows the importance of wearing masks and social distancing," 26 June 2020 If the credible-fear finding is negative, migrants can file an appeal before an immigration judge. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Supreme Court sides with Trump on speedy deportations of asylum-seekers," 25 June 2020 Unsurprisingly, low-effort things don’t communicate credible threats. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, "Do Protests Even Work?," 24 June 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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“Credible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 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

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credibly \ -​blē \ adverb

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