Definition of credible in English:


Syllabification: cred·i·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈkredəbəl


  • 1Able to be believed; convincing: few people found his story credible a credible witness
    More example sentences
    • That is surprising given the fact that he is the only person who is able to give any credible evidence.
    • There are lots of other situations in life when it is vital to be able to make credible promises.
    • As I did not find him to be a credible witness, I am unable to attach much weight to the contents.
  • 1.1Capable of persuading people that something will happen or be successful: a credible threat
    More example sentences
    • Missing, still, is a credible political strategy for persuading the people.
    • And when we have evidence of credible threats, we will issue appropriate alerts.
    • That is a bigger threat to us all, in the long run, than any credible terrorist threat on the horizon.



More example sentences
  • Some of the dogs also entered shows and performed credibly.
  • The companies within the Services division all performed credibly.
  • The crossover between the two groups is, however, historically far too close for that argument to be credibly made.


late Middle English: from Latin credibilis, from credere 'believe'.

More definitions of credible

Definition of credible in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kəːf
a slit made by cutting with a saw