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.

Definitions of credible
  1. adjective
    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
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    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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  2. adjective
    appearing to merit belief or acceptance
    “a credible witness”
    Synonyms:
    convincing
    causing one to believe the truth of something
  3. adjective
    (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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