Definition of credible in English:

credible

adjective

  • 1Able to be believed; convincing.

    ‘few people found his story credible’
    ‘a credible witness’
    • ‘The court found his evidence to be credible and therefore considered its weight.’
    • ‘As I did not find him to be a credible witness, I am unable to attach much weight to the contents.’
    • ‘In fact there is no reason, and no credible excuse, why there cannot be elections in June.’
    • ‘The plaintiff was a very credible witness when she spoke of the stiffness and pain she suffered.’
    • ‘She gave important oral evidence and I found her to be a sensible and credible witness.’
    • ‘I have considered whether the appellant provided a credible account of events and was a credible witness.’
    • ‘There are lots of other situations in life when it is vital to be able to make credible promises.’
    • ‘Your offer and plea for helping farming would have sounded credible if it was voluntary for us to help them.’
    • ‘The media's failure to respond to our work is a failure to respond to rational arguments and credible sources.’
    • ‘He impressed me as an intelligent and honest witness and I found his account wholly credible.’
    • ‘I regret to say that I did not find the appellant to be a credible witness at all.’
    • ‘That is surprising given the fact that he is the only person who is able to give any credible evidence.’
    • ‘Whether or not credible information existed to substantiate the story's claims is still a mystery.’
    • ‘Beyond this he presents no credible sources, hard facts, or research, in support of his claim.’
    • ‘The only credible justification can be that it is reasonable to do so.’
    • ‘It was even worse that she had a hard time sounding credible when she did it.’
    • ‘She was specific about her injuries and what had happened to her, we found her to be a credible witness.’
    • ‘Can you point me to a credible, non-political figure who does support your policy?’
    • ‘On the issue of persecution and ill-treatment I find that the Appellant is a credible witness.’
    • ‘I must say first of all that I find that the respondent is not a credible witness.’
    acceptable, trustworthy, reliable, dependable, sure, good, valid
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    1. 1.1 Capable of persuading people that something will happen or be successful.
      ‘a credible threat’
      • ‘Socialist ideas are being taken up as a very credible alternative to capitalist globalisation.’
      • ‘They have taken a long time to get back to where they are a credible alternative.’
      • ‘And when we have evidence of credible threats, we will issue appropriate alerts.’
      • ‘As if that were not bad enough, it does not even appear that the credible alternative leaders are willing to make a stand.’
      • ‘In other words, we want to use our cars because we don't believe that there is any credible and safe alternative.’
      • ‘We also have to present a credible alternative, something positive for people to vote for.’
      • ‘I think it was a sensible and credible deal with significant financial support behind it.’
      • ‘Is this shameless profiteering from peoples fears or is there a credible threat.’
      • ‘As far as she was concerned, they still had to force their way up the rankings if they were to be considered a credible threat.’
      • ‘That is a bigger threat to us all, in the long run, than any credible terrorist threat on the horizon.’
      • ‘In the former case, there was no credible nuclear threat, in the latter there might be one.’
      • ‘The new powers are supposed to be used when there's a credible threat of a terrorist attack.’
      • ‘On the contrary, people are crying out for a credible alternative in which they can have trust and confidence.’
      • ‘Yet judging by the youths' submissive behaviour the threat seemed credible.’
      • ‘If the electorate believes you have a credible candidate, you will get their vote.’
      • ‘He did not explain what this Government is doing to support a credible foreign policy.’
      • ‘By the evening of the same day I had been reassured that the threat was not credible.’
      • ‘No credible alternative will brave the embarrassment of certain heavy defeat.’
      • ‘Why should the latest set of claims be any more credible than the succession of contrary claims?’
      • ‘Missing, still, is a credible political strategy for persuading the people.’
      believable, plausible, able to hold water, within the bounds of possibility, reasonable, sound, compelling, persuasive
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Usage

Confusion often arises between the words credible and creditable. Credible chiefly means ‘able to be believed; convincing’ (few people found his story credible), while creditable means ‘deserving acknowledgement and praise but not necessarily outstanding’ (a very creditable 2–4 defeat)

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin credibilis, from credere ‘believe’.

Pronunciation

credible

/ˈkrɛdɪb(ə)l/