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 formscred·i·bil·i·ty, cred·i·ble·ness, nouncred·i·bly, adverbnon·cred·i·ble, adjectivenon·cred·i·ble·ness, nounnon·cred·i·bly, adverb
Can be confusedcredible creditablecredible credulous

Synonyms for credible Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for credible

Contemporary Examples of credible

Historical Examples of credible

  • The testimony of two credible witnesses as opposed to that of only one.

  • "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 reliablethe latest claim is the only one to involve a credible witness
Derived Formscredibleness, nouncredibly, adverb

Word Origin for credible

C14: from Latin crēdibilis, from Latin crēdere to believe
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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.

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