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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.credibleness - the quality of being believable or trustworthycredibleness - the quality of being believable or trustworthy
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
authenticity, genuineness, legitimacy - undisputed credibility
rigour, validity, cogency, rigor - the quality of being valid and rigorous
plausibility, plausibleness - apparent validity
cred, street cred, street credibility - credibility among young fashionable urban individuals


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Any fiscal integration will likely to be less given the fact the government's lack of fiscal credibleness, the absence of any major reforms on the expenditure and revenue side, and the fiscal indiscipline likely to give negative result due to the upcoming general elections.