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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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Examples for credibly
  • He was buried in an unmarked grave that to this day is not yet credibly identified.
British Dictionary definitions for credibly

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 credibly
credible
"believable," late 14c., from L. credibilis "worthy to be believed," from credere (see credit).
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