credible

Someone who's credible is honest and believable. A pathological liar, for example, might not be the most credible witness for your case against the bank robber.

Similar to words like reliable and plausible, credible is an adjective that comes to us from the Latin credibilis, meaning “worthy to be believed.” A credible reputation is often earned through consistent good behavior and an overall trustworthy personality. Spill a secret you promised to keep, or lie under oath in a courtroom, and you lose all credibility.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: credible

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adj
capable of being believed
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adj
(a common but incorrect usage where `credulous' would be appropriate) credulous
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: credible
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adj capable of being believed

“completely credible testimony”
credible information”
Synonyms:
believable
likely
within the realm of credibility
presumptive
affording reasonable grounds for belief or acceptance
plausible
apparently reasonable and valid, and truthful
thinkable
capable of being conceived or imagined or considered
Antonyms:
incredible, unbelievable
beyond belief or understanding
flimsy, unconvincing
not convincing
astounding, dumbfounding, dumfounding
bewildering or striking dumb with wonder
fabulous
barely credible
improbable, marvellous, marvelous, tall
too improbable to admit of belief
undreamed, undreamed of, undreamt, undreamt of, unimagined
not imagined even in a dream
incredulous
not disposed or willing to believe; unbelieving
implausible
having a quality that provokes disbelief
unthinkable
incapable of being conceived or considered
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adj appearing to merit belief or acceptance

“a credible witness”
Synonyms
convincing
causing one to believe the truth of something
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adj (a common but incorrect usage where `credulous' would be appropriate) credulous

“she was not the... credible fool he expected”
Synonyms
credulous
disposed to believe on little evidence
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