Origin of credibleMiddle English from Classical Latin credibilis from credere: see creed
An example of credible is gardening advice from a master gardener.
- 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)
- Reference credible sources to strengthen your argument.
- It is indeed not credible that Hero wrote two separate treatises on the subject of the mechanical powers, which are fully discussed in the Mechanics, ii., iii.
- Brennan confirmed the FBI was approached and questioned about the preponderance of credible tips.
- It has even been said that observers at great elevations have failed to see the zodiacal light; but it is scarcely credible that this failure could arise from any other cause than not knowing what it was or where to look for it.
- - According to a credible tradition found in Eusebius (Excerpta, 179), the Syriac Chronicle ascribed to Dionysius of Tell-mahre (Tullberg, 61), and elsewhere, Urhai was renovated, like other Mesopotamian sites, in 304 B.C. by Seleucus I.