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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With Overgard kept studiously free of any real character details, the movie can start to feel strangely monotonous, an endless cavalcade of catastrophe that at times stretches the limits of credibility. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Arctic is a pure distillation of the man vs. nature genre," 1 Feb. 2019 Kavanaugh foes also want the FBI to interview people who might challenge the credibility of pro-Kavanaugh witnesses. David B. Rivkin Jr. And Kristi Remington, WSJ, "Kavanaugh’s Foes Politicize the FBI," 1 Oct. 2018 As the show noted, the church has stated the police report was filed in bad faith — and Scientologists have also challenged the credibility of Remini and all the contributors to her series. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Scientology member Jenna Elfman gets candid about her relationship with the controversial church," 29 Aug. 2018 Ezra didn’t allow Uresti’s lawyers to tell the jury about Cantu’s arrests or challenge her credibility by mentioning the criminal charges against her. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "Star witness in state Sen. Carlos Uresti’s trial acquitted in her own criminal case," 2 May 2018 Greitens' attorneys have repeatedly challenged the woman's credibility, and the judge granted their request Monday to require the woman to turn over her phone for third-party forensic inspection. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "Missouri Supreme Court: Greitens' alleged victim must turn over phone for examination | The Kansas City Star," 28 Apr. 2018 But to oppose it for budgetary reasons while approving a pay raise for every federal bureaucrat only exacerbates the Pelosi/Schumer credibility problem, especially given the budgetary details. James Freeman, WSJ, "The Pelosi Pay Raise," 4 Jan. 2019 The conference is the embodiment of a credibility issue these days. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "Pac-12, Conference of Champions? Right now, ‘Conference of Credibility Issues’ is a better nickname," 23 Oct. 2018 Oasis Labs is launching at a time when blockchain projects have some credibility issues. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "How a Startup Is Using the Blockchain to Protect Your Privacy," 11 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of credibility

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

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