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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a convincing/credible explanation (=one that you can believe is true)
▪ The author fails to provide a convincing explanation for the main character’s motives.
reliable/credible (=which people can trust or believe)
▪ Do you think their evidence is reliable?
▪ The idea of one global power holding the other to ransom seems less credible now than it has done previously.
▪ The national newspaper Is remote, the events not within his area and thus less familiar and less credible.
▪ To delay the introduction of such information may make the vendor less credible to a buyer.
▪ He would be more credible if he displayed understanding of these basic issues.
▪ The Democrats have got to put up more white candidates in the South who are more credible with blacks.
▪ Western strategy had become a little more credible.
▪ Yet it makes the goal of church union far more credible and essential.
▪ This is the sort of book in which the amateur detective, modern-style, is a much more credible figure.
▪ Resubmission of this complaint, no matter in what form, will not render these flaky allegations any more credible.
▪ And they have a real sense of being more credible.
▪ Sometimes there are more credible observations, such as reports of foreshocks.
▪ Whatever happens, the Government will do what they can to advance the case of the most credible United Kingdom candidate.
▪ But modern refinements and materials have brought about a resurgence of the supercharger, making it a credible alternative to the turbo.
▪ He was allowed to creep back into power for want of a credible alternative.
▪ The first two of these little surprises, just possibly, have credible explanations.
▪ But how much longer he can survive as a credible force is open to question.
▪ The greater its dependence on others, the less its ability to issue credible threats or to mobilise for sustained hostilities.
▪ But such a strategy, chancy at best, certainly can not succeed without a credible threat of a resolution.
▪ Her story is completely credible - she doesn't usually exaggerate.
▪ Is she a credible witness?
▪ The complaint would be more credible if he could remember more specific details.
▪ But how much longer he can survive as a credible force is open to question.
▪ Once they began, they acquired momentum of their own, and the size of the purge made it credible.
▪ The idea of one global power holding the other to ransom seems less credible now than it has done previously.
▪ This means, do I think you are competent and credible.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Credible \Cred"i*ble\ (kr[e^]d"[i^]*b'l), a. [L. credibilis, fr. credere. See Creed.] Capable of being credited or believed; worthy of belief; entitled to confidence; trustworthy.

Things are made credible either by the known condition and quality of the utterer or by the manifest likelihood of truth in themselves.

A very diligent and observing person, and likewise very sober and credible.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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


a. 1 believable or plausible 2 authentic or convincing

  1. adj. capable of being believed; "completely credible testimony"; "credible information" [syn: believable] [ant: incredible]

  2. a common but incorrect usage where `credulous' would be appropriate; "she was not the...credible fool he expected"

  3. appearing to merit belief or acceptance; "a credible witness"; "a plausible story" [syn: plausible]

Usage examples of "credible".

Obviously, we could do no more with apparently credible cases, reported by reputable medical men, than to cite author and source and leave the matter there, where our responsibility must end.

It seems hardly credible, and yet it is certainly a fact, that a bit of hardboiled white of egg, first thoroughly dried, then soaked for some minutes in water and rolled on blotting paper, should yield in a few hours enough animal matter to the glands to cause them to secrete, and afterwards the lobes to close.

It was then that he composed the first two acts of Siegfried, and later on The Mastersingers, a professedly comedic work, and a quite Mozartian garden of melody, hardly credible as the work of the straining artifices of Tanehauser.

Stew Hawker thought was credible, but it was being made by a merchant in Nuernberg against a little convent with six old nuns in it.

The categories include products and services that are more specialized and require more credible information, such as professional services, jewelry stores, real estate agents, specialty foods, restaurants and companies that are nonurgentoriented.

Freedom of Speculation Act, credible sociohistorical data on the origins and evolution of Les Assassins des Fauteuils Rollents from obscure, adolescent, nihilistic Root Cult to one of the most feared cells in the annals of Canadian extremism was regrettably patchy and dependent on the hearsay of sources whose scholarly veracity was of an integrity somewhat less than unimpeachable.

This fandango of Sunbelt delegate contests allows Edwards, Lieberman and Graham, who are all likely to finish out of the money in Iowa and New Hampshire, to construct credible scenarios for stirring comebacks.

I transferred my feeling for the Object onto Jerome and it was amazing how it worked: the tiniest bit of truth made credible the greatest lies.

Toru Sakai police believe may be credible was an anonymous call in early 1988 from a woman who knew unpublished details about the Sakai family and the case and told investigators that Toru had left the country by crossing the Canadian border to Vancouver.

It was xenophobic pride along with guilt, I believe, that kept me from accepting this until now: I too did not want to believe in Venusians but instead was seeking some naturalistic outlet, some credible and limited explanation.

As is often the case with rape, no eyewitnesses were present for the actual rape, but as far as rape allegations ever go, Broaddrick was, at the very least, an extremely credible witness.

Himself was already in and out of rehabs and hardly a credible source on much of anything by this point.

Iona has long enjoyed, without any very credible attestation, the honour of being reputed the cemetery of the Scottish Kings.

When war weariness is apt to sap resolution and the possibility of a patched up peace is furtively canvassed, the great world of the English-speaking race should call to remembrance the inhuman and barely credible acts of brutality and bestiality committed in cold blood by the German race.

If it was sent by the chancellery of the empire, it would not be credible.