credibility gap


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credibility gap

n.
1. Public skepticism about the truth of statements, especially official claims and pronouncements: "The credibility gap [is] the result of a deliberate policy of artificial manipulation of official news" (Walter Lippmann).
2. Lack of trustworthiness.
3. A discrepancy or disparity, especially between words and actions.

credibility gap

n
a disparity between claims or statements made and the evident facts of the situation or circumstances to which they relate

credibil′ity gap`


n.
1. a lack of confidence by the public in statements made by politicians, corporations, etc.
2. a perceived discrepancy between statements and actual performance or behavior.
[1965–70]
Translations

credibility gap

nGlaubwürdigkeitslücke f; his credibility gap wideneder verlor immer mehr an Glaubwürdigkeit
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