Definitions: (1) capable of being believed; trustworthy; (2) worthy of confidence; reliable

Synonym: plausible

Comment: Conventional credentials – diplomas, titles, lists of accomplishments, authorship, family ties, and children – give a person credibility. No matter what a person says they are going to do, who they are is evident in what they have done.

Somebody might say he or she believes in certain positive qualities, and these intentions are valuable, but who they actually are and what they have in fact done, are a good measure of how well they will live up to their ideals.