Definition of credibility noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌkredəˈbɪləti//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkredəˈbɪləti//
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the quality that somebody/something has that makes people believe or trust them to gain/lack/lose credibility The prosecution did its best to undermine the credibility of the witness. After the recent scandal, the government has lost all credibility. Newspapers were talking of a credibility gap between what he said and what he did. see also street cred Word Originmid 16th cent.: from medieval Latin credibilitas, from Latin credibilis, from credere ‘believe’.Extra examples BBC backing for the scheme will enhance its credibility. Funding from the World Bank lends credibility to the project. He had instant credibility with customers. He’s been helping to restore market credibility for a new industrial process. Her credibility suffered in her handling of the crisis. Newspapers were talking of a credibility gap between her policies and her achievements. Recommendations from two previous clients helped to establish her credibility. The administration was facing a credibility crisis. The certificate has great credibility in France and Germany. The government is desperate to regain credibility with the public. The prime minister’s credibility suffered in his handling of the crisis. The use of computer models adds credibility to the forecasts. There is little credibility among scientists for the book’s claims. her credibility as a witness This story has no credibility at all.
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