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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.
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noncredibility, noun Unabridged
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  • But what he had said about the credibility of the unsupported detective had set Charity to thinking.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • The art and practice of selling one's credibility for future delivery.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • Equally destructive to credibility, he says, were the threats and violence employed to extort confessions.

  • But there is one point about the book that deserves some considering, its credibility as autobiography.

    Lavengro George Borrow
  • In order to combat it, Glanvil proceeded to examine the general question of the credibility of the miraculous.

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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