Definition of credible in English:

credible

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrɛdɪb(ə)l
 
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adjective

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.
Synonyms
acceptable, trustworthy, reliable, dependable, sure, good, valid; feasible, viable, tenable, sustainable, maintainable
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.
Synonyms
believable, plausible, able to hold water, within the bounds of possibility, reasonable, sound, compelling, persuasive

Origin

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

Usage

Confusion often arises between the words credible and creditable. Credible chiefly means ‘able to be believed; convincing’ ( few people found his story credible), while creditable means ‘deserving acknowledgement and praise but not necessarily outstanding’ ( a very creditable 2-4 defeat).

Derivatives

credibly

adverb
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.

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