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ˈkrɛd ə bəlcred·i·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. credible, believableadjective

    capable of being believed

    "completely credible testimony"; "credible information"

  2. credibleadjective

    (a common but incorrect usage where `credulous' would be appropriate) credulous

    "she was not the...credible fool he expected"

  3. credibleadjective

    appearing to merit belief or acceptance

    "a credible witness"


  1. credibleadjective

    believable or plausible

  2. credibleadjective

    authentic or convincing

  3. Etymology: From credible, from credible, from credibilis, from credo; see credit.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Credibleadjective

    Worthy of credit; deserving of belief; having a just claim to belief.

    Etymology: credibilis, Latin.

    The ground of credit is the credibility of things credited; and things are made credible, either by the known condition and quality of the utterer, or by the manifest likelihood of truth in themselves. Richard Hooker, b. ii. s. 4.

    None can demonstrate to me, that there is such an island as Jamaica; yet, upon the testimony of credible persons, I am free from doubt. John Tillotson, Preface.


  1. credible

    Credibility comprises the objective and subjective components of the believability of a source or message. Credibility dates back to Aristotle theory of Rhetoric. Aristotle defines rhetoric as the ability to see what is possibly persuasive in every situation. He divided the means of persuasion into three categories, namely Ethos (the source's credibility), Pathos (the emotional or motivational appeals), and Logos (the logic used to support a claim), which he believed have the capacity to influence the receiver of a message. According to Aristotle, the term "Ethos" deals with the character of the speaker. The intent of the speaker is to appear credible. In fact, the speaker's ethos is a rhetorical strategy employed by an orator whose purpose is to "inspire trust in his audience." Credibility has two key components: trustworthiness and expertise, which both have objective and subjective components. Trustworthiness is based more on subjective factors, but can include objective measurements such as established reliability. Expertise can be similarly subjectively perceived, but also includes relatively objective characteristics of the source or message (e.g., credentials, certification or information quality). Secondary components of credibility include source dynamism (charisma) and physical attractiveness. Credibility online has become an important topic since the mid-1990s. This is because the web has increasingly become an information resource. The Credibility and Digital Media Project @ UCSB highlights recent and ongoing work in this area, including recent consideration of digital media, youth, and credibility. In addition, the Persuasive Technology Lab at Stanford University has studied web credibility and proposed the principal components of online credibility and a general theory called Prominence-Interpretation Theory.


  1. credible

    Credible generally refers to something or someone being believable, reliable, or trustworthy. It comes from the Latin word "credibilis" which means "worthy to be believed". A credible source, for example, is one that provides accurate, well-researched, and dependable information. A credible person is someone who is honest, does what they say they will do, and has the knowledge or expertise needed in a particular situation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Credibleadjective

    capable of being credited or believed; worthy of belief; entitled to confidence; trustworthy

  2. Etymology: [L. credibilis, fr. credere. See Creed.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of credible in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of credible in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of credible in a Sentence

  1. Katarzyna Zysk:

    It is absolutely a project that will be used to scare, as a negotiation card in the future, perhaps in arms control talks, but in order to do so, it has to be credible. This seems to be real.

  2. Thae Yong-ho:

    Until now, the North Korean system has prevailed through an effective and credible reign of terror and by almost perfectly preventing the free-flow of outside information.

  3. Moncef Slaoui:

    I believe they are very credible. I also believe they are extremely challenging.

  4. Susanne Roff:

    Even today we can assume that many people who offer no credible threat to society are being monitored.

  5. Tom McClintock:

    The new Republican majority needs to make a dramatic, concrete and credible statement that business as usual in Washington is over, is there a more powerful statement than to swear off the wasteful and corrupting practice of congressional earmarking?

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    (of a glutinous liquid such as paint) not completely dried and slightly sticky to the touch
    A tacky
    B defiant
    C incumbent
    D extroversive

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