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credibility

[kred-uh-bil-i-tee]
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noun
  1. the quality of being believable or worthy of trust: After all those lies, his credibility was at a low ebb.
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Sometimes cred·i·ble·ness.
Related formsnon·cred·i·bil·i·ty, noun

credible

[kred-uh-buh l]
adjective
  1. capable of being believed; believable: a credible statement.
  2. worthy of belief or confidence; trustworthy: a credible witness.
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Origin of credible

1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin crēdibilis, equivalent to crēd(ere) to believe + -ibilis -ible
Related formscred·i·bil·i·ty, cred·i·ble·ness, nouncred·i·bly, adverbnon·cred·i·ble, adjectivenon·cred·i·ble·ness, nounnon·cred·i·bly, adverb
Can be confusedcredible creditablecredible credulous

Synonyms

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1. plausible, likely, reasonable, tenable.
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British Dictionary definitions for credibilities

credible

adjective
  1. capable of being believed
  2. trustworthy or reliablethe latest claim is the only one to involve a credible witness
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Derived Formscredibleness, nouncredibly, adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Latin crēdibilis, from Latin crēdere to believe

credibility

noun
  1. the quality of being believed or trusted
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Word Origin and History for credibilities

credibility

n.

1590s, from Medieval Latin credibilitas, from Latin credibilis (see credible). Credibility gap is 1966, American English, in reference to official statements about the Vietnam War.

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credible

adj.

"believable," late 14c., from Latin credibilis "worthy to be believed," from credere (see credo). Related: Credibly.

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