Definition of credibility in US English:

credibility

noun

  • 1The quality of being trusted and believed in.

    ‘the government's loss of credibility’
    • ‘In the short term, he must address his government's growing credibility problem.’
    • ‘The death was a sensational development in a controversy threatening the government's credibility.’
    • ‘However, none of these failings, in our view, undermined the overall credibility of these witnesses.’
    • ‘I have used it solely to assist in my findings of the credibility of the two complainants.’
    • ‘The charge against the accused rests almost entirely on the credibility of the complainant.’
    • ‘Their relationship and credibility in the eyes of the Commission are important to them.’
    • ‘So I think this is a pretty sharp blow to the administration's credibility.’
    • ‘Once one publication has written about you, you gain instant credibility with others.’
    • ‘Therefore, it appears that personality characteristics may not influence the process of credibility assessment.’
    • ‘The failure to report the allegations undermined the credibility of the witnesses to the extent they should not be believed.’
    • ‘But more importantly, the government's credibility has not fully recovered.’
    • ‘The process of this prize lacks scientific credibility and integrity.’
    • ‘However, all this talk of trust and credibility has stirred my curiosity.’
    • ‘His reasoning was simple - his fame would lend instant credibility to his product.’
    • ‘Having a weblog increases your authority and credibility in the eyes of your readers.’
    • ‘Such information may guide the development of future professional training protocols for credibility assessment.’
    • ‘"We came out of it with our credibility intact, " he said.’
    • ‘Being published lends instant credibility among your target audience.’
    • ‘Ignore this and the legacy will survive, at least temporarily, with some credibility intact.’
    • ‘The defense questions the credibility of the witness, who was 14 years old at the time.’
    trustworthiness, reliability, dependability, integrity, character
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    1. 1.1 The quality of being convincing or believable.
      ‘the book's anecdotes have scant regard for credibility’
      • ‘We just don't think there is any credibility to those claims.’
      • ‘His goal is to convince them that party politics is central to the credibility story.’
      • ‘The lack of credibility regarding the central issues in this claim have caused me to doubt the truthfulness of the appellant.’
      • ‘Realism with regard to screenplay and dialogue give it the kind of credibility that only documentaries have.’
      • ‘It also depends a great deal on the standing and credibility of the person who makes the pitch.’
      plausibility, believability, acceptability, tenability, probability, likelihood, authority, authoritativeness, impressiveness, cogency, weight, validity, soundness
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    2. 1.2
      another term for street credibility

Origin

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

Pronunciation

credibility

/ˌkredəˈbilədē//ˌkrɛdəˈbɪlədi/