credibility gap


Definition of credibility gap

1a : lack of trust a credibility gap between generations
b : lack of believability a credibility gap created by contradictory official statements— Samuel Ellenport
2 : discrepancy the credibility gap between the professed ideals … and their actual practices— Jeanne L. Noble

Examples of credibility gap in a Sentence

There is a credibility gap between what the mayor says and what the people see happening in the city. The fact that the new estimates are so wildly different from the initial numbers has created a credibility gap.
Recent Examples on the Web And right now, administration officials are dealing with a credibility gap on the issue. Jim Puzzanghera,, 14 Nov. 2021 In an industry as complicated and high-stakes as healthcare, the implementation of artificial intelligence and machine learning comes with challenges that have created a credibility gap. Seth Joseph, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 This builds trust and can go a long way toward closing that credibility gap. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 This closes the credibility gap and heightens interest while building a relationship. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 Allow your customers to help close the credibility gap. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 The drip-drip-drip of controversy is creating a big credibility gap. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 24 Mar. 2021 Trump’s salesmanship also risks opening a credibility gap between his rosy comments and reality. Washington Post, 3 July 2020 But health authorities have struggled with a credibility gap amid images that have surfaced during the pandemic of hospital beds in corridors and queues of ambulances. Washington Post, 29 June 2020

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First Known Use of credibility gap

1965, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Credibility gap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of credibility gap

: a situation in which the things that someone says are not believed or trusted because of the difference between what is said and what seems to be true


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