cred·​i·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌkre-də-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce credibility (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web One potential obstacle is that PURA has urged utilities to not use forecasts to set costs because the pandemic has undermined the credibility of figuring out future trends. Stephen Singer,, "Eversource returns to Connecticut regulators seeking higher rates, but this time it’s offering a choice," 1 Mar. 2021 As a once-in-a-century pandemic continues to pummel the United States and the world, Rochelle Walensky has many tasks before her — not the least of which is rebuilding the credibility of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Star Tribune, "CDC's new leader faces pandemic and rebuilding job," 14 Feb. 2021 Peskov also attacked the credibility of the Navalny supporters planning to protest his arrest this weekend. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "Opposition leader, facing Putin crackdown, throws a stripper pole into US-Russia relations," 22 Jan. 2021 Ruckelshaus knew the credibility of a regulator depended on clear communication with the public. Andrew Wheeler, WSJ, "Why We’re Ending the EPA’s Reliance on Secret Science," 4 Jan. 2021 And of course people like James Comey, Andrew McCabe, John Brennan destroyed the credibility of the FBI and our justice system as well. NBC News, "Meet the Press - January 3, 2021," 3 Jan. 2021 Catholicism, despite its waning moral and spiritual credibility, cratering populations of priests, and shrinking appeal to younger white Americans, is today the linchpin of culture-war conservatism in the United States. Peter Hammond Schwartz, The New Republic, "Originalism Is Dead. Long Live Catholic Natural Law.," 3 Feb. 2021 Sanders highlighted her frequent jousts with reporters, many of whom questioned her credibility when explaining Trump's actions. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Former Trump aide Sarah Huckabee Sanders will run for governor of Arkansas," 25 Jan. 2021 Science, which is already struggling with a replication crisis and other problems, cannot afford any further damage to its credibility. John Horgan, Scientific American, "Premature Freak-Outs about Techno-Enhancement," 23 Jan. 2021

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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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7 Mar 2021

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“Credibility.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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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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