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credibility

[kred-uh-bil-i-tee] /ˌkrɛd əˈbɪl ɪ ti/
noun
1.
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

credible

[kred-uh-buh l] /ˈkrɛd ə bəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being believed; believable:
a credible statement.
2.
worthy of belief or confidence; trustworthy:
a credible witness.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin crēdibilis, equivalent to crēd(ere) to believe + -ibilis -ible
Related forms
credibility, credibleness, noun
credibly, adverb
noncredible, adjective
noncredibleness, noun
noncredibly, adverb
Can be confused
credible, creditable.
credible, credulous.
Synonyms
1. plausible, likely, reasonable, tenable.
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British Dictionary definitions for credibleness

credibility

/ˌkrɛdɪˈbɪlɪtɪ/
noun
1.
the quality of being believed or trusted

credible

/ˈkrɛdɪbəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being believed
2.
trustworthy or reliable: the latest claim is the only one to involve a credible witness
Derived Forms
credibleness, noun
credibly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin crēdibilis, from Latin crēdere to believe
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Word Origin and History for credibleness

credibility

n.

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.

credible

adj.

"believable," late 14c., from Latin credibilis "worthy to be believed," from credere (see credo). Related: Credibly.

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