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 The justice system ceases to serve its crucial function and loses credibility when criminal accusations are used to advance personal or political agendas. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Exonerated: Charges dropped against pentesters paid to break into Iowa courthouse," 30 Jan. 2020 Weinstein's attorneys have attacked the credibility of the women and pointed to inconsistencies and unclear details in their stories. Eric Levenson, CNN, "2 expected to testify about Harvey Weinstein's sexual come-ons when they were aspiring actresses," 29 Jan. 2020 Dorsey went to the playoffs three times in four years in Kansas City, which earned him credibility and trust inside a losing franchise. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Cleveland Browns GM John Dorsey was blessed with a bounty and blew it," 31 Dec. 2019 When the floor was opened for questions, several English-speaking scientists in the audience rose up, grabbed available microphones and cast doubt on the credibility and trustworthiness of the Chinese CAR-T data. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "Vindicated. New J&J CAR-T myeloma data confirm strong efficacy, ease doubts raised by Chinese version," 7 Dec. 2019 Some of Iraq’s clerics fear provoking Iran, or losing credibility if the government ignores their advice. The Economist, "Elites backed by Iran are clinging to power in Iraq," 5 Dec. 2019 In fact, in their comments, politically moderate respondents who saw news posts with hashtags were more suspicious about the credibility of the news and focused more on the politics of the hashtag. Eugenia Ha Rim Rho, The Conversation, "Political hashtags like #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter make people less likely to believe the news," 26 Nov. 2019 This neatly spells out the arrangement, lending credibility and transparency to further transactions. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Young adult must keep debt, and dad, at bay," 8 Nov. 2019 When the duo started asking questions, major concerns were raised about the credibility of their main source., "Listen to our new podcast, 'Rediscovering: Don Bolles, murdered Arizona journalist'," 2 Nov. 2019

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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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17 Feb 2020

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“Credibility.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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

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