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credible

[kred-uh-buh l] /ˈkrɛd ə bəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being believed; believable:
a credible statement.
2.
worthy of belief or confidence; trustworthy:
a credible witness.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin crēdibilis, equivalent to crēd(ere) to believe + -ibilis -ible
Related forms
credibility, credibleness, noun
credibly, adverb
noncredible, adjective
noncredibleness, noun
noncredibly, adverb
Can be confused
credible, creditable.
credible, credulous.
Synonyms
1. plausible, likely, reasonable, tenable.
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  • In addition, there is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public's eye.
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  • The notions of the beginning and the end of the world entertained by our forefathers are no longer credible.
  • As to the theory itself, it is scarcely more credible than its interjectional counterpart.
  • Given the current recession, this interpretation is all the more credible.
  • But it might be harder to apply for full time jobs and seem credible without this kind of experience.
  • It is great when they can post video from credible sources to make the point or links to valid websites not some blog.
  • Most targets of bullies are trying to do a credible job.
  • So far, the various governments have failed to mount a really credible coordinated response.
  • Master narratives are no longer fashionable, because they no longer seem credible, even to old believers.
British Dictionary definitions for credible

credible

/ˈkrɛdɪbəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being believed
2.
trustworthy or reliable: the latest claim is the only one to involve a credible witness
Derived Forms
credibleness, noun
credibly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin crēdibilis, from Latin crēdere to believe
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Word Origin and History for credible
adj.

"believable," late 14c., from Latin credibilis "worthy to be believed," from credere (see credo). Related: Credibly.

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