[ kred-uh-buhl ]
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  1. capable of being believed; believable: a credible statement.

  2. worthy of belief or confidence; trustworthy: a credible witness.

Origin of credible

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin crēdibilis, from crēd(ere) “to believe, confide, entrust” + -ibilis -ible

Other words for credible

Other words from credible

  • cred·i·bil·i·ty, cred·i·ble·ness, noun
  • cred·i·bly, adverb
  • non·cred·i·ble, adjective
  • non·cred·i·ble·ness, noun
  • non·cred·i·bly, adverb

Words that may be confused with credible

Words Nearby credible Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use credible in a sentence

  • Because the universe is governed by laws, and there is no credible instance on record of those laws being suspended.

    God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
  • Before taking up the authentic and credible history of Solomon a few specimens of these traditions may well receive our attention.

  • The sails were stowed with a speed that seemed scarcely credible.

    Boy Scouts in the North Sea | G. Harvey Ralphson
  • She was predestined to her career, if the following anecdote be credible.

    Astronomy for Amateurs | Camille Flammarion
  • With a fatuity hardly more credible than creditable, the Lalugwumps, as they call themselves, deny the immortality of the soul.

British Dictionary definitions for credible


/ (ˈkrɛdɪbəl) /

  1. capable of being believed

  2. trustworthy or reliable: the latest claim is the only one to involve a credible witness

Origin of credible

C14: from Latin crēdibilis, from Latin crēdere to believe

Derived forms of credible

  • credibleness, noun
  • credibly, adverb

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