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 But one of the biggest casualties may be European efforts to build a more credible and independent European military. Steven Erlanger, New York Times, "European Defense and ‘Strategic Autonomy’ Are Also Coronavirus Victims," 23 May 2020 The only way to reveal the truth of police brutality through the protests is to appoint credible judges and set up an independent inquiry. Iain Marlow,, "Hong Kong Watchdog Defends Police Actions, Chides Protesters," 20 May 2020 Despite urgent warnings from credible healthcare authorities, lockdowns in major cities, and laws passed to enforce social distancing, many people still aren't taking these measures seriously. Shauna Springer, CNN, "Support the newest warriors: Those on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic," 19 May 2020 Documents, meetings, and decisions funded by the public ought to be available to the public unless there is a credible reason to think release could endanger someone, something or in some other way lead to direct harm. oregonlive, "Two young political candidates with community service experience want to represent East Portland and Gresham in the Oregon House," 12 May 2020 So is Musk’s threat to move Tesla manufacturing and headquarters out of California and over to Nevada or Texas even credible? Los Angeles Times, "Column: Does Elon Musk need California more than California needs Elon Musk?," 11 May 2020 To render the claim credible, Wildstein had Port Authority engineers collect some data and the agency put an extra toll-collector and employees on the bridge as one Fort Lee lane was closed for the fake study. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The US Supreme Court’s unanimous Bridgegate opinion reads like fiction," 7 May 2020 Our research has found that preparedness requires not just funding but also farsighted, credible and transparent leadership and citizens’ trust in that leadership. Bhaskar Chakravorti, The Conversation, "Exit from coronavirus lockdowns – lessons from 6 countries," 6 May 2020 One prominent scientist, Stanley Perlman, a virologist at the University of Iowa who played a role in naming the coronavirus, said Tuesday that the Los Alamos study looks credible. Anchorage Daily News, "Researchers hypothesize that a highly contagious strain of the coronavirus is spreading, but other experts remain skeptical," 6 May 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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The first known use of credible was in the 14th century

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“Credible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 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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