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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: believable or plausible.
The teacher allowed him to make up the exam because she thought his excuse was credible.
believable, dependable, plausible, reliable, truthful
implausible, incredible, tall, unbelievable
similar words:
acceptable, believable, conceivable, creditable, imaginable, likely, possible, specious, tenable
definition 2: deserving of belief; trustworthy.
Because he had been drinking at the time of the incident, he was not considered a credible witness.
dependable, honorable, reliable, trustworthy
similar words:
acceptable, admirable, believable, estimable, faithful, honest, scrupulous, sincere, truthful, veracious
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adverb + (adj.)credible fairly, highly, less, reasonably, scientifically, sufficiently
(adj.)credible + adverb frankly, hence, nonetheless
(adj.)credible + noun account, accusation, alibi, allegation, alternative, assurance, candidate, capability, challenger, claim, commitment, competitor, deficit, deterrence, deterrent, estimate, evidence, explanation, eyewitness, fighting, force, information, inspection, intelligence, lead, messenger, narrative, opposition, persecution, proof, prosecution, prosecutor, reduction, report, reporting, scenario, scientist, showing, sighting, source, terrorist, testimony, threat, witness, wrongdoing  [See all][See only the most frequent]
derivations: credibly (adv.), credibility (n.)
Word Parts  About this feature
The word credible contains the following parts:
cred, credit Latin root that means believe
-able, -ible, -ble Latin adjective-forming suffix that means capable of being, doing, or undergoing
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The suffix -able , and its variants, is attached to Latin verb roots or English transitive verbs to form adjectives. (In a small set of cases, -able is attached to a noun, e.g. knowledgeable and marriageable.) For spelling purposes, it is useful to know that -able is more likely to be added to a whole English word (comparable , adorable ), while -ible is more likely to follow a bound root (visible , legible ). However,there are still many words which combine a root with -able (capable , inevitable ). The suffix -ity can be added to any adjective ending in -able , -ible , -ble to produce a corresponding noun ending in -ability, -ibility, -bility (possible + -ity > possibility; irrevocable + -ity > irrevocability.)
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acceptable, accessible, admissible, adorable, amiable, amicable, audible, avoidable, believable, bearable, biodegradable, capable, calculable, cognizable, comparable, compatible, comprehensible, conformable, conversable, convertible, corrigible, credible, creditable, curable, dependable, despicable, disagreeable, disposable, divisible, eligible, explicable, flammable, flexible, illegible, illimitable, imaginable, immiscible, immovable, immutable, impalpable, impassable, impeccable, impermeable, impermissible, imperturbable, implacable, implausible, imponderable, impossible, impregnable, inalienable, inaudible, incapable, incalculable, incommunicable, incomprehensible, inconceivable, detectable, conceivable, incorrigible, incredible, incurable, indefeasible, indelible, indescribable, indestructible, indivisible, indomitable, ineligible, ineluctable, ineradicable, inescapable, inevitable, inexorable, inexpiable, inexplicable, infallible, inhospitable, inimitable, inscrutable, inseparable, insuperable, intangible, interminable, intractable, invaluable, invariable, invincible, invisible, irrefragable, irrefutable, irremissible, irreparable, irreversible, irrevocable, legible, likable, lovable, manageable, measurable, movable, navigable, notable, opposable, palpable, perishable, permissible, placable, portable, possible, potable, predictable, preferable, prescriptible, recognizable, remissible, reprehensible, reversible, risible, semipermeable, sensible, superable, susceptible, tangible, tenable, tolerable, tractable, transmissible, unsupportable, usable, viable, visible, washable, affordable, allowable, reliable, remarkable, approachable, disputable, drinkable, durable, eatable, renewable, sustainable, unshakable