Definition of "credibility" [cred•i•bil•i•ty]

  • The quality, capability, or power to elicit belief: "America's credibility must not be squandered, especially by its leaders” ( Henry A. Kissinger). (noun)
  • A capacity for belief: a story that strained our credibility. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "credibility" in a sentence
  • "Gucci's racy advertising several years ago sparked outrage from older magazine readers, though it helped give the label credibility among younger shoppers."
  • "Bill, your credibility is at stake if you don't win that State for BO ....."
  • "Could it be that Gordon Brown has fiddled so many figures and double or treble announced so many increases in funding over the last 10 years that his credibility is at approximately zero."