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 like so many items in the news, this story is now about Trump, which means that Jordan will gain and lose credibility, as the case may be, from POTUS’ embrace. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Believes ‘100 Per Cent’ in Jim Jordan’s Innocence in Sex Abuse Case. That’s Reassuring.," 5 July 2018 Being on the list can cast doubt on an officer's credibility in court, defense attorneys say. The Kansas City Star Editorial Board, kansascity, "A database could help track problem police officers. Why don't KC-area prosecutors have one?," 14 June 2018 The Russia Witch Hunt is rapidly losing credibility. Ryan Teague Beckwith, Time, "Read the 191 Arguments President Trump Has Made Against the Mueller Investigation," 7 June 2018 The court found that the party had benefited from kickbacks, and cast doubt on the credibility of the prime minister’s evidence given to it, as a witness, last summer. The Economist, "Spain prepares to dump its prime minister," 31 May 2018 The black market rate is considered more trustworthy than the official rate, because the Venezuelan government has lost credibility among many of its people. Andrea Diaz, CNN, "'World of Warcraft's' virtual gold is seven times more valuable than Venezuela's real money," 8 May 2018 Other than that, building trust and credibility over time helps a lot. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Matt Cutts of the U.S. Digital Service on Recode Decode," 12 July 2018 During a press conference, the Sixers announced that Head Coach Brett Brown will temporarily step into Colangelo’s former shoes while the team continues to restore its credibility and search for a full-time GM. Oona Goodin-smith,, "Bryan Colangelo resigns, a look at Philly's elaborate prom send-offs | Morning Newsletter," 8 June 2018 Trump has already decimated the credibility of the press. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Did Trump Just Help Stop Brexit?," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of credibility

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Oct 2018

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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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