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credibility Line breaks: cred|ibil¦ity
Pronunciation: /krɛdɪˈbɪlɪti/

Definition of credibility in English:


[mass noun]
1The quality of being trusted and believed in: the government’s loss of credibility
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  • However, all this talk of trust and credibility has stirred my curiosity.
  • However, none of these failings, in our view, undermined the overall credibility of these witnesses.
  • The failure to report the allegations undermined the credibility of the witnesses to the extent they should not be believed.
reputation, standing, status, cachet, kudos, eminence, credit, acceptability
1.1The quality of being convincing or believable: the book’s anecdotes have scant regard for credibility
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  • Realism with regard to screenplay and dialogue give it the kind of credibility that only documentaries have.
  • The lack of credibility regarding the central issues in this claim have caused me to doubt the truthfulness of the appellant.
  • His goal is to convince them that party politics is central to the credibility story.
plausibility, believability, acceptability, tenability, probability, likelihood, authority, authoritativeness, impressiveness, cogency, weight, validity, soundness;
truth, veracity, faithfulness, fidelity, authenticity, accuracy, factualness
informal clout
1.2 another term for street credibility.


Mid 16th century: from medieval Latin credibilitas, from Latin credibilis (see credible).

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