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credibility gap

noun
1.
a lack of popular confidence in the truth of the claims or public statements made by the federal government, large corporations, politicians, etc.:
a credibility gap between the public and the power company.
2.
a perceived discrepancy between statements and actual performance or behavior.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70, Americanism
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Examples from the web for credibility gap
  • As a scientist, this credibility gap negatively taints our work to the population of non science adept readership.
  • The famous credibility gap, which has been with us for six long years, has suddenly opened up into an abyss.
  • There seemed to be a credibility gap stemming from past unresolved safety issues.
  • The slightest deviation from the absolute certainty causes a credibility gap that is impossible to bridge for many years.
  • Failing to address these issues could, they argued, create a credibility gap in the plan as a whole.
British Dictionary definitions for credibility gap

credibility gap

noun
1.
a disparity between claims or statements made and the evident facts of the situation or circumstances to which they relate
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Idioms and Phrases with credibility gap

credibility gap

Distrust of a public statement or position, as in The current credibility gap at City Hall is the result of miscommunication between the mayor's office and the press. This term originated about 1960 in connection with the American public's disinclination to believe government statements about the Vietnam War. It soon was extended to individuals and corporations as well as government agencies to express a lack of confidence in the truth of their statements, or perception of a discrepancy between words and actions.
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