An example of credible is gardening advice from a master gardener.
Origin of credibleMiddle English from Classical Latin credibilis from credere: see creed
- Capable of being believed; believable or plausible: a credible witness; a credible explanation. See Synonyms at plausible.
- Considered capable of achieving a goal: The party must nominate a credible candidate for governor.
- Being of sufficient military capability to deter an attack or carry out an operation successfully: credible military force.
Origin of credibleMiddle English from Latin crēdibilis from crēdere to believe ; see kerd- in Indo-European roots.
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.
(comparative more credible, superlative most credible)