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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • The art and practice of selling one's credibility for future delivery.

  • But there is one point about the book that deserves some considering, its credibility as autobiography.


    George Borrow

  • Is not all this in favor of the credibility of the Old Testament?

  • Who can say, and prove, that this is not evidential of the truth and credibility of the New Testament?

  • The chief question for the jury was as to the credibility of the witnesses.


    Heman White Chaplin

British Dictionary definitions for credibility



the quality of being believed or trusted
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Word Origin and History for credibility

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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