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1. Capable of being believed; believable or plausible: a credible witness; a credible explanation. See Synonyms at plausible.
2. Considered capable of achieving a goal: The party must nominate a credible candidate for governor.
3. Being of sufficient military capability to deter an attack or carry out an operation successfully: credible military force.

[Middle English, from Latin crēdibilis, from crēdere, to believe; see kerd- in Indo-European roots.]

cred′i·ble·ness n.
cred′i·bly adv.
Usage Note: Credible is widely but incorrectly used where credulous would be appropriate. Credulous means "believing too readily" or "gullible," as in He was credulous (not credible) enough to believe the manufacturer's claims.


1. capable of being believed
2. trustworthy or reliable: the latest claim is the only one to involve a credible witness.
[C14: from Latin crēdibilis, from Latin crēdere to believe]
ˈcredibleness n
ˈcredibly adv


(ˈkrɛd ə bəl)

1. capable of being believed; trustworthy.
2. effective or reliable: credible new defense weapons.
[1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin crēdibilis=crēd(ere) to believe + -ibilis -ible]
cred`i•bil′i•ty, n.
cred′i•bly, adv.


1. 'credible'

If something is credible, it can be believed.

His latest statements are hardly credible.
This is not credible to anyone who has studied the facts.

Credible is most commonly used in negative sentences.

2. 'credulous'

People who are credulous are always ready to believe what other people tell them, and are easily deceived.

Credulous women bought the mandrake root to promote conception.
3. 'creditable'

A performance, achievement, or action that is creditable is of a reasonably high standard.

He polled a creditable 44.8 percent.
Their performance was even less creditable.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.credible - capable of being believedcredible - capable of being believed; "completely credible testimony"; "credible information"
plausible - apparently reasonable and valid, and truthful; "a plausible excuse"
thinkable - capable of being conceived or imagined or considered
incredible, unbelievable - beyond belief or understanding; "at incredible speed"; "the book's plot is simply incredible"
2.credible - (a common but incorrect usage where `credulous' would be appropriate) credulous; "she was not the...credible fool he expected"
credulous - disposed to believe on little evidence; "the gimmick would convince none but the most credulous"
3.credible - appearing to merit belief or acceptance; "a credible witness"
convincing - causing one to believe the truth of something; "a convincing story"; "a convincing manner"


2. reliable, honest, dependable, trustworthy, sincere, trusty the evidence of credible witnesses
reliable unreliable, dishonest, untrustworthy, insincere, not dependable


1. Worthy of being believed:
2. Worthy of belief, as because of precision or faithfulness to an original:
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[ˈkredɪbl] ADJ (gen) → creíble, digno de crédito; [person] → plausible; [witness] → de integridad


[ˈkrɛdɪbəl] adj
(= believable) [statement] → crédible; [evidence] → crédible
(= trustworthy) [person] → digne de foi
(= likely to succeed) [candidate, policy, system] → crédible; [strategy] → convaincant(e)




[ˈkrɛdɪbl] adj (gen) → credibile; (witness, source) → attendibile


(ˈkredəbl) adjective
that may be believed. The story he told was barely credible.
ˈcredibly adverb
ˌcrediˈbility noun


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That statement, Sir, may be true, or it may be false; it may be credible, or it may be incredible; but, if it be true, and if it be credible, I do not hesitate to say, Sir, that our grounds of action, Sir, are strong, and not to be shaken.