- the quality of being believable or worthy of trust: After all those lies, his credibility was at a low ebb.
- capable of being believed; believable: a credible statement.
- worthy of belief or confidence; trustworthy: a credible witness.
Origin of credible
- capable of being believed
- trustworthy or reliablethe latest claim is the only one to involve a credible witness
- the quality of being believed or trusted
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.