credibility


credibility
credibility 1590s, from M.L. credibilitas, from L. credibilis (see CREDIBLE (Cf. credible)). Credibility gap is 1966, Amer.Eng., in reference to official statements about the Vietnam War.

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  • credibility — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ great, high ▪ real ▪ moral, political, professional, scientific ▪ personal …   Collocations dictionary

  • credibility — credence, credit, credibility 1. In general use, credence means ‘belief, trustful acceptance’, and is used mainly in the expression to give (or lend) credence to, which means ‘believe, trust’: • The radicality of these changes…had lent credence… …   Modern English usage

  • credibility — cred|i|bil|i|ty [ˌkredıˈbılıti] n [U] 1.) the quality of deserving to be believed and trusted damage/undermine sb s credibility (as sth) ▪ The scandal has damaged his credibility as a leader. credibility of ▪ There are serious questions about the …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • credibility — n. 1) to establish credibility 2) to lose one s credibility 3) (misc.) a credibility gap * * * [ˌkredə bɪlɪtɪ] (misc.) a credibility gap to establish credibility to lose one s credibility …   Combinatory dictionary

  • credibility — cred|i|bil|i|ty [ ,kredı bıləti ] noun uncount * qualities that someone has that make people believe or trust them: The jury had doubts about the credibility of some of the witnesses. gain/lose credibility: The government is losing credibility by …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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