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[kred-uh-buh l] /ˈkrɛd ə bəl/
capable of being believed; believable:
a credible statement.
worthy of belief or confidence; trustworthy:
a credible witness.
Origin of credible
1350-1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin crēdibilis, equivalent to crēd(ere) to believe + -ibilis -ible
Related forms
credibility, credibleness, noun
credibly, adverb
noncredible, adjective
noncredibleness, noun
noncredibly, adverb
Can be confused
credible, creditable.
credible, credulous.
1. plausible, likely, reasonable, tenable. Unabridged
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  • The testimony of two credible witnesses as opposed to that of only one.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • "It's just credible that there may be other incentives," I said.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • The fact narrated must correspond to something in me to be credible or intelligible.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Is it credible that the possessions of the spirit can be bequeathed at all?

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • The words of the two men reached her, but their meaning was not credible.

    The False Chevalier William Douw Lighthall
British Dictionary definitions for credible


capable of being believed
trustworthy or reliable: the latest claim is the only one to involve a credible witness
Derived Forms
credibleness, noun
credibly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin crēdibilis, from Latin crēdere to believe
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for credible

"believable," late 14c., from Latin credibilis "worthy to be believed," from credere (see credo). Related: Credibly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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