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
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)