the quality of being believable or worthy of trust: After all those lies, his credibility was at a low ebb.
Sometimes cred·i·ble·ness.Related formsnon·cred·i·bil·i·ty, noun
capable of being believed; believable: a credible statement.
worthy of belief or confidence; trustworthy: a credible witness.
Origin of credible
1350–1400; Middle EnglishRelated 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
(< Middle French
) < Latin crēdibilis,
equivalent to crēd(ere
) to believe + -ibilis -ible
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Related Words for credibilitiesprospect
British Dictionary definitions for credibilities
Derived Formscredibleness, nouncredibly, adverb
capable of being believed
trustworthy or reliablethe latest claim is the only one to involve a credible witness
Word Origin for credible
C14: from Latin crēdibilis, from Latin crēdere to believe
the quality of being believed or trusted
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Word Origin and History for credibilities
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.
"believable," late 14c., from Latin credibilis "worthy to be believed," from credere (see credo). Related: Credibly.
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