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[kred-uh-bil-i-tee] /ˌkrɛd əˈbɪl ɪ ti/
the quality of being believable or worthy of trust:
After all those lies, his credibility was at a low ebb.
Sometimes, credibleness.
Related forms
noncredibility, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for credibility
  • Governing today means giving acceptable signs of credibility.
  • Despite its reputation as the default lie detector, the polygraph has never received much credibility.
  • But so has credibility for the claim that higher truck speeds beget better fuel economy.
  • Keep your credibility in check by being totally truthful about your accomplishments and your net results.
  • Its founder hopes the club will add credibility to fledgling e-publishers.
  • We had to show egregious monopolistic practices and undercut the credibility of their witnesses.
  • Effectiveness on the job in campus public relations usually comes down to credibility.
  • Obviously, the credibility of this ranking is in doubt.
  • It gives them more credibility while providing them with an important window on what is truly relevant.
  • It needs science because science is its last bastion of intellectual credibility.
British Dictionary definitions for credibility


the quality of being believed or trusted
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for credibility

1590s, from Medieval Latin credibilitas, from Latin credibilis (see credible). Credibility gap is 1966, American English, in reference to official statements about the Vietnam War.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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