credible vs credulous : Common Errors in English

About credible vs credulous

“Credible” means “believable” or “trustworthy.” It is also used in amore abstract sense, meaning something like “worthy”: “She made acredible lyric soprano.” Don’t confuse “credible” with “credulous,” amuch rarer word which means “gullible.” “He was incredulous” means “hedidn’t believe it” whereas “he was incredible” means “he was wonderful”(but use the latter expression only in casual speech).Although you will commonly see it said of some far-fetched story either that “it strains credulity” or that “it strains credibility,” the latter is more traditional. Something that strains credulity would be beyond the powers of even a very gullible person to believe. This form of the saying isn’t very effective because a credulous person isn’t straining to believe things anyway. Such a person believes easily without thinking. It makes more sense to say that something too weird or wild to be credible “strains credibility.”See also “” and “.”

credible Meaning(s)

  • (a) capable of being believed
  • (s) (a common but incorrect usage where `credulous' would be appropriate) credulous
  • (s) appearing to merit belief or acceptance

credulous Meaning(s)

  • (a) disposed to believe on little evidence
  • (s) showing a lack of judgment or experience

credible in News

  1. Justin Credible On How He Wound Up In WWE As Aldo Montoya, Discusses Triple H's Rise To Stardom

    Justin Credible joined Inside The Ropes last Thursday where he recalled his tenure with WWE in the mid-1990s. Highlights from the interview are as follows:
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Lords of Pain

  2. 'Credible threat' prompts move of NY HS graduation

    'Credible threat' prompts move of NY HS graduation PEEKSKILL, N.Y. (AP) — A high school graduation ceremony has been moved indoors because of a "credible threat" made on Facebook by a student, although the student has been arrested, officials said Friday. Peekskill High's June 23 graduation will be held at the Paramount Theater instead of the traditional location on a school field ...
    on June 8, 2013 Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  3. 'Credible threat' prompts move of Peekskill HS graduation

    The graduation ceremony at a suburban New York high school has been moved indoors because of a "credible threat" made by a student, although the student has been arrested, officials said Friday.
    on June 8, 2013 Source: FOX 5 New York

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