cred·​i·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌkre-də-ˈbi-lə-tē \

Definition of credibility

1 : the quality or power of inspiring belief an account lacking in credibility
2 : capacity for belief Her account exceeds credibility.

Examples of credibility in a Sentence

The new evidence lends credibility to their theory. The scandal undermined her credibility as an honest politician. In this instance, the lawyer's job is to make the jury doubt the witness's credibility.
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But that basic approach to getting information and trying to assess credibility and what type of corroboration there might be, that skill set is equally applicable. Fox News, "High school friend of Kavanaugh reacts to new allegation; Alan Dershowitz on Kavanaugh chaos," 28 Sep. 2018 Again, a woman came before the Senate Judiciary Committee and had her memory, her credibility, and her sanity questioned. Anna North, Vox, "The Republicans on the committee attempted to change the optics for this hearing, but don’t be fooled.," 27 Sep. 2018 Ultimately, Thomas was confirmed and Hill encountered public scrutiny as her credibility and veracity were questioned well after the hearing. Time Staff, Time, "The 25 Moments From American History That Matter Right Now," 28 June 2018 That Hulu has McFarland and Netflix has FuckJerry are facts that each party has used to malign the other’s ethical credibility on their projects. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Which Fyre Festival Documentary Should You Watch: Hulu or Netflix?," 15 Jan. 2019 John Raskin, executive director of advocacy group Riders Alliance, said Mr. Byford’s biggest achievements have been to restore credibility in MTA leadership and to compile a comprehensive plan to restore service and reliability. Paul Berger, WSJ, "It’s Not Easy Being Andy Byford When Your Job Is to Save the NYC Subway," 13 Jan. 2019 The delay is damaging the U.S. economy and America’s credibility as a trading partner. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Broken Nafta Promise," 26 Dec. 2018 They are often subjected to smear-campaigns, with threats against their children and attempts to undermine their credibility commonplace; sometimes from within their own communities. Sarah Hurtes, Harper's BAZAAR, "Women Who Risk Everything to Defend the Environment," 30 Nov. 2018 As more celebrities are brought in, both to help boost the platform’s credibility within the industry and to secure better advertisements, YouTube’s landscape is going to change. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "YouTube Premium is changing because it has to," 29 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of credibility

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for credibility

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The first known use of credibility was in 1594

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English Language Learners Definition of credibility

: the quality of being believed or accepted as true, real, or honest

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