Definition of credible in English:

credible

adjective

  • 1Able to be believed; convincing.

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