adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin credibilis, from credere Date: 14th century 1. offering reasonable grounds for being believed <
a credible account of an accident
credible witnesses
2. of sufficient capability to be militarily effective <
a credible deterrent
credible forces
credibly adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • crédible — [ kredibl ] adj. • XVe, repris v. 1965; de crédibilité, d apr. l angl. credible ♦ Anglic. Qui est digne de confiance, mérite d être cru. Personne crédible. Il n est pas crédible. ⇒ fiable. Nouvelle de source crédible. Histoire crédible. ⇒… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • credible — I adjective assured, believable, commanding belief, commanding confidence, convincing, credibilis, creditworthy, dependable, deserving belief, deserving of confidence, faithful, faithworthy, frank, honest, incorruptible, indisputable, indubitable …   Law dictionary

  • credible — credible, creditable, credulous Credible means ‘able to be believed’, with reference to people or statements: • I stand on the balcony, apparently musing on this very credible story, but really wondering how soon we can step back inside R. James …   Modern English usage

  • 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. [1913 Webster] Things are made credible either by the known condition and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • credible — believable, late 14c., from L. credibilis worthy to be believed, from credere (see CREDO (Cf. credo)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • credible — believable, *plausible, colorable, specious Analogous words: *probable, likely, possible: reasonable, *rational: trustworthy, *reliable, dependable Antonyms: incredible Contrasted words: fabulous, mythical, apocryphal, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • credible — [adj] believable aboveboard, colorable, conceivable, conclusive, creditable, dependable, determinative, honest, honest to God*, imaginable, likely, plausible, possible, probable, probably, rational, reasonable, reliable, satisfactory, satisfying …   New thesaurus

  • credible — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ able to be believed; convincing. DERIVATIVES credibly adverb. ORIGIN Latin credibilis, from credere believe …   English terms dictionary

  • credible — [kred′ə bəl] adj. [ME < L credibilis < credere: see CREED] that can be believed; believable; reliable SYN. PLAUSIBLE credibility n. credibleness credibly adv …   English World dictionary

  • credible — 01. The lawyer for the defense claimed the witness was not [credible], and as such, should not be believed. 02. More than 150 [credible] witnesses, including several scientists, have told the authorities that they saw a missile destroy TWA Flight …   Grammatical examples in English

  • credible — Worthy of belief; entitled to credit. See competency character reputation @ credible evidence Evidence to be worthy of credit must not only proceed from a credible source but must, in addition, be credible in itself, by which is meant that it… …   Black's law dictionary

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