Credibility Cred`i*bil"i*ty (kr[e^]d`[i^]*b[i^]l"[i^]*t[y^]), n. [Cf. F. cr['e]dibilit['e].] The quality of being credible; credibleness; as, the credibility of facts; the credibility of witnesses. [1913 Webster]

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