credible

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj credible appearing to merit belief or acceptance "a credible witness"
    • adj credible capable of being believed "completely credible testimony","credible information"
    • adj credible (a common but incorrect usage where `credulous' would be appropriate) credulous "she was not the...credible fool he expected"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Credible krĕd"ĭ*b'l Capable of being credited or believed; worthy of belief; entitled to confidence; trustworthy. "Things are made credible either by the known condition and quality of the utterer or by the manifest likelihood of truth in themselves.""A very diligent and observing person, and likewise very sober and credible ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • credible Worthy of credit or belief, because of known or obvious veracity, integrity, or competence: applied to persons.
    • credible Capable of being credited or believed, because involving no contradiction, absurdity, or impossibility; believable: applied to things.
    • credible 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Credible (kred′-) that may be believed
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Quotations

  • Jean Baudrillard
    Jean%20Baudrillard
    “Governing today means giving acceptable signs of credibility. It is like advertising and it is the same effect that is achieved -- commitment to a scenario.”
  • Hubert H. Humphrey
    Hubert%20H.%20Humphrey
    “Propaganda, to be effective, must be believed. To be believed, it must be credible. To be credible, it must be true.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    Ambrose%20Bierce
    “Prophecy: The art and practice of selling one's credibility for future delivery.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    George%20Bernard%20Shaw
    “Though I can make my extravaganzas appear credible, I cannot make the truth appear so.”
  • Hellmut Walters
    Hellmut Walters
    “To be persuasive, we must be believable. To be believable, we must be credible. To be credible, we must be truthful.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. credibilis, fr. credere,. See Creed
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Low L. credentia—L. credent-, believing, pr.p. of credĕre.

Usage

In literature:

With the right body and countenance the emotion is distinctly more credible.
"The Photoplay" by Hugo Münsterberg
That any human beings were ever so devoid of natural affection as not to wish to preserve alive one of so many children is not credible.
"A Voyage to the South Sea" by William Bligh
The above are given merely as examples of acts which the evidence shows to have taken place in numbers that might have seemed scarcely credible.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 3, June, 1915" by Various
Some of them I did not see, but credible persons from where they occurred report them as well authenticated.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898: Volume XVIII, 1617-1620" by Various
It is hardly credible that these are the only two dolmens which ever existed in Malta.
"Rough Stone Monuments and Their Builders" by T. Eric Peet
All this is credible enough.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, March 17, 1920" by Various
They are no where credible witnesses against white men.
"A Review of Uncle Tom's Cabin" by A. Woodward
Numbers scarcely credible have been executed, and their property confiscated.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. IV. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
The assertion of the accused that this was to renew the search for the lost money down by the yard did not seem very credible.
"One of Life's Slaves" by Jonas Lauritz Idemil Lie
It was scarcely credible, but it was undeniable; Madame Rasmussen herself was the authority.
"Garman and Worse" by Alexander Lange Kielland
The historical evidence for the times of Antoninus is very defective, and some of that which remains is not credible.
"Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus" by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Sir Robert has been most credibly informed that that disloyal parson has concealed him in his house for nearly the last month.
"Willy Reilly The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
It seemed scarcely credible.
"Humphrey Bold" by Herbert Strang
This is not credible!
"Superstition In All Ages (1732)" by Jean Meslier
But know, wretched man, I am credibly informed that they are now as plentiful in England as sturgeons.
"Dialogues of the Dead" by Lord Lyttelton
They were men whose credibility was never brought in question.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
The facts are indeed shocking, but unhappily not the less credible on that account.
"The History of Mary Prince" by Mary Prince
He himself, we are credibly told, played the Ghost.
"Shakespeare and the Modern Stage" by Sir Sidney Lee
This conclusion, sound as it is, is scarcely credible, when we reflect on the constant radiation into a space 60d below zero.
"Outlines of a Mechanical Theory of Storms" by T. Bassnett
My discoveries are astounding, but credible.
"A Dream of Empire" by William Henry Venable
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In poetry:

Credible ghost of the field which from him descends,
Each dark anniversary day will its father return,
Haling his shadow to spy where the Legend ends,
That penman trumpeter's part in the wreck discern.
"Alsace-Lorraine" by George Meredith

In news:

' Citizen journalists' and credibility.
The social media rush increases the likelihood of inaccuracies and decreases candid conversations with credible sources.
It seems clear that the criminal case, in which her credibility was damaged, will have some impact on the civil lawsuit , which was filed in State Supreme Court in the Bronx.
Clock has run out on Gailey's credibility.
VIENNA, Austria — The head of the UN nuclear agency says he cannot provide a "credible assurance" for Tehran's claims that all of its atomic activities are peaceful.
Of Environmental Quality FAIL Its Mission And Lose ALL Its Credibility.
On Wednesday December 12, 2012 in front of a crowd of 800 citizens in Portland, Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality LOST all of its credibility as a state agency with respect to the following claims on its website.
With less than a month to go before Election Day, the campaigns of President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are getting up close and personal as they escalate their attacks and try to undermine the credibility of the other side.
In short, the commissioner 's office is losing prestige and credibility at the very moment the sport needs it most.
The fact that he wasn't pinned preserves him as a credible threat.
The magazine's hard-earned reputation for credibility is the reason why it's the market leader.
Sharon Osbourne, co-host of CBS's "The Talk," says MTV, the network producing the reality show about West Virginians, lost all credibility for her when they began following the lives of pregnant teens on "Teen Mom.".
Sheriff's office questions credibility of report on body in cave.
Fibbing About His Viewership, Al Gore's Credibility Took Another Beating This Week.
Boxing's credibility out for count.
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In science:

In the latter case the Bayesian credible sets no longer preserve their frequentist asymptotic properties.
Bernstein von Mises Theorems for Gaussian Regression with increasing number of regressors
In addition to strengthening the credibility of the conjecture, these calculations provide insight into the significance of the terms that arise in the number theoretic calculations whose corresponding terms in the Ratios Conjecture’s predictions are more clearly understandable.
Modeling Convolutions of $L$-Functions
Critical questions affects the credibility of the conclusion.
Using Semantic Wikis for Structured Argument in Medical Domain
This follows the principle: the larger the field, the weaker the credibility.
Using Semantic Wikis for Structured Argument in Medical Domain
Finally, the value of credibility can be assessed by dividing the number of experts who disagree with the hypothesis and the total number of experts who have made a statement about the issue.
Using Semantic Wikis for Structured Argument in Medical Domain
We believe both home pages and online papers are credible information sources since it is likely that a fair number of conference reviewers have stated their research interests in either or both sources.
Technical Paper Recommendation: A Study in Combining Multiple Information Sources
Based on our results, we are optimistic that the Web can provide credible information sources that can be used successfully in the recommendation process. .
Technical Paper Recommendation: A Study in Combining Multiple Information Sources
The limited shelf-life of SIMPLE detectors and apparent deficiencies in the acoustic background discrimination method employed severely affect the credibility of these claims.
Comments on "Final Analysis and Results of the Phase II SIMPLE Dark Matter Search"
Collar have not only questioned the credibility of SIMPLE’s recent Phase II results [2, 3], but impugned the competence of its collaborators.
An important argumentation may be about the credibility of the long lasted supporting lines, resisting lines and formations.
Analysis of the trends in the index of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
The subsequent human inspection of these sources allowed to retain only the most credible candidates, usually corresponding to a signal to noise higher than ∼5σ.
High resolution imaging of young M-type stars of the solar neighborhood: Probing the existence of companions down to the mass of Jupiter
Lenstra discusses a variety of functions of this type and presents credible evidence that the known factoring algorithms will not be able to factor pf(p) any more easily than pq when p and q are independent.
The Secure Generation of RSA Moduli Using Poor RNG
Source reliability, defined as the credibility of a source organization with respect to provided data quality values, depends on the cooperative context in which data are exchanged. In general, security issues are to be tackled within this layer.
Towards an intelligence based conceptual framework for e-maintenance
In the enterprise environment, a distinction is made between internal and external environment to allow useful differentiation in the system perception regarding those environments. External environment needs more prudence such as evaluation of the credibility of a source organization.
Towards an intelligence based conceptual framework for e-maintenance
Mathematical modeling of such a process at high-speed impact results in empirical formulas (see, e.g., [22, 25, 29]) including parameters of credible rheology of the material. In this paper a more simple formula based on energy consideration and on a single empirical is designed as a result of data processing.
Numerical simulation of high-speed penetration-perforation dynamics in layered armor shields
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