Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Capable of being believed; plausible. See Synonyms at plausible.
  • adj. Worthy of confidence; reliable.
  • adj. Being of sufficient military capability to deter an attack or carry out an operation successfully: credible military force.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. believable or plausible
  • adj. authentic or convincing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being credited or believed; worthy of belief; entitled to confidence; trustworthy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Worthy of credit or belief, because of known or obvious veracity, integrity, or competence: applied to persons.
  • Capable of being credited or believed, because involving no contradiction, absurdity, or impossibility; believable: applied to things.
  • A witness not disqualified nor impeached as unworthy of credit: as, the fact was established on the trial by the testimony of several credible witnesses.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (a common but incorrect usage where `credulous' would be appropriate) credulous
  • adj. appearing to merit belief or acceptance
  • adj. capable of being believed

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin crēdibilis, from crēdere, to believe; see kerd- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English credible, from Old French credible, from Latin crēdibilis ("worthy of belief"), from crēdō ("believe"); see credit. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • At a hastily called press conference at the headquarters of the New York Police Department, authorities in New York City offered little detail into what they called a credible terrorist threat received Thursday, as the city nears a large scale commemoration of 9/11.

    New York to Add Officers, Increase Monitoring

  • Officials have been warning of a potential attack on German soil for months, citing what they described as credible intelligence that terrorists were considering an assault on a major landmark such as the Reichstag, the federal parliament building in Berlin.

    German Authorities Intensify Search for Terrorist Suspects

  • The UN spokesman says the Stabilization Mission will continue to help the electoral commission achieve what he calls a credible vote.

    U.N. Assists DRC in Organizing General Elections

  • Military officials imposed the ban in mid-July after receiving what they called "credible allegations" that some detainees had been mistreated while in the custody of Gen. Abdul Razziq's forces.

    U.S. Probes Afghan Abuse

  • Last week the State Department felt obliged to call U.S. ambassador Robert Ford home from Damascus after receiving what it called "credible threats against his personal safety."

    Turkey Turns on Assad

  • State police first went to the site in early June, following up on what they called a credible lead.

    Stacy Peterson Search Continued Last Weekend In Peoria, Says Source

  • Because they believe that if they are going to send more troops into Afghanistan, as the White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, said this weekend, you have to be dealing with what he called a credible partner over there.

    CNN Transcript Oct 20, 2009

  • The Catholic commission said Sunday it compiled what it called credible witness reports of "systematic violence in the form of assaults, murders, torture, abductions and wanton destruction of property against innocent civilians whose alleged crime is to have voted wrongly."

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The International Committee of the Red Cross documented what it called credible information about U.S. personnel disrespecting or mishandling Korans at the Guantanamo detention facility and pointed it out to the Pentagon in confidential reports during 2002 and early 2003, an ICRC spokesman said Wednesday.

    David Corn: Has Pentagon Spokesman Been Caught in a Koran-related Fib?

  • Oh, please: The Stephen Harper government didn't know that the Canadian military had stopped handing over Afghan detainees last fall, after Canadian monitors found what they called a credible allegation of torture?

    At least they don't shoot our generals

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