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Definition of "credible" []

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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