Misused Words

Credible, Creditable and Credulous

Credible, an adjective, means trustworthy, such as a credible witness, or believable, such as a credible story.

His account of the accident was credible according to the witnesses.

Creditable, an adjective, means worthy of honor or praise.

The student's high grades were creditable to her.

Credulous, an adjective, means ready to believe almost anything even though there may be evidence to the contrary.

The mother was so credulous that the children often fooled her.
Practice

Choose the correct answer for each of the three practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) Not being able to see a fault in a child can make a parent (credible, creditable, credulous).

(2) Her ability to study in a household of ten children was (credible, creditable, credulous) to her.

(3) The judge did not find the defendant guilty because of his (credible, creditable, credulous ) story.

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