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credibility gap

noun

: a situation in which the things that someone says are not believed or trusted because of the difference between what is said and what seems to be true

Full Definition of CREDIBILITY GAP

1
a :  lack of trust <a credibility gap between generations>
b :  lack of believability <a credibility gap created by contradictory official statements — Samuel Ellenport>
2
:  discrepancy <the credibility gap between the professed ideals … and their actual practices — Jeanne L. Noble>

Examples of CREDIBILITY GAP

  1. There is a credibility gap between what the mayor says and what the people see happening in the city.
  2. The fact that the new estimates are so wildly different from the initial numbers has created a credibility gap.

First Known Use of CREDIBILITY GAP

1966

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