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.
Recent Examples on the Web Scott spent much of her 97-minute closing remarks Wednesday recounting Lewis’ version of the killings, while defense attorney Dallas Young spent almost two hours Wednesday attacking Lewis’ credibility. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Apr. 2022 Collectively, these statements describe a great employee experience, defined by high levels of trust, respect, credibility, fairness, pride, and camaraderie. Michael Bush, Fortune, 11 Apr. 2022 Beyond the political considerations, the West has staked its support for Ukraine—and its credibility in responding to clear violations of international norms—on what amounts to economic warfare against Russia. Michael A. Cohen, The New Republic, 8 Apr. 2022 The essence of deterrence is credibility, which means persuading Mr. Putin that his resort to nuclear weapons in Ukraine will be met with a requisite response. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 23 Mar. 2022 Unfortunately, the West’s credibility in threatening after-the-fact punishments was shredded by its earlier failures to impose stringent sanctions following the Kremlin’s assaults on Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine in 2014. John Bolton, Time, 9 Mar. 2022 Certainly not with sufficient credibility, suspense or atmosphere, and not in one hectic hour and a half. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 3 Mar. 2022 The agency is trying to re-establish credibility in world sports. Graham Dunbar, ajc, 10 Feb. 2022 In the short run, such an approach may be challenged as weakness, but in the long run it will be revealed as building credibility, trust, and thus strength. Richard J. Tofel, The Atlantic, 10 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

18 May 2022

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“Credibility.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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