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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There’s also the question of the administration’s credibility. Jordan Fabian, Fortune, "After Saudi Oil Attack, Trump Pledges Help for Middle East Allies," 16 Sep. 2019 For Nike, the relationship resulted in tens of millions of dollars of free advertising and heightened credibility with the young, diverse consumers who look up to the player. Kevin Draper, New York Times, "Colin Kaepernick ‘Dream Crazy’ Ad Wins Nike an Emmy," 16 Sep. 2019 Afghanistan’s future and America’s credibility will depend on him, or a future president, having the patience and resolve to strike a better one. The Economist, "America will have to resume negotiations with the Taliban eventually," 14 Sep. 2019 Landing a cut on a Dusty Springfield album led to them receiving more credibility as songwriters. Matt Wake |, al, "In memory of a songwriter’s songwriter and Muscle Shoals music icon," 30 Aug. 2019 So while Brennan and Clapper’s criticisms of Trump are cogent, Trump has weaponized the intelligence community’s lack of credibility and turned it on his critics, with a fair amount of success. Jefferson Morley, The New Republic, "Democrats Are Trapped in Trump’s “Deep State” War," 16 Sep. 2019 Regardless, for every show that circumvented the prestige formula, a dozen more used its codified syntax to signal highbrow credibility. Adam Wilson, Harper's magazine, "Good Bad Bad Good," 16 Sep. 2019 Unfortunately, many studies show that manipulating one’s voice is easily discernible, and particularly hurts the credibility of female speakers. Tina Tallon, The New Yorker, "A Century of “Shrill”: How Bias in Technology Has Hurt Women’s Voices," 3 Sep. 2019 The accuracy around the edges of such paintings was intended to convince contemporary viewers of the credibility of the central scenes, as if to underscore that dragons and demons actually existed. Steven Litt,, "‘Medieval Monsters’ exhibit at Cleveland Museum of Art surveys images used to inspire fear, hatred and wonder," 1 Sep. 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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English Language Learners Definition of credibility

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

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