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credibility

The extent to which a researcher’s findings are compatible with data and conclusions extant in the scientific community. Credibility is a criterion for determining the “quality” or “trustworthiness” of qualitative research.
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Lofting invents fantastic animals he gives them a kind of credible possibility which is extraordinarily convincing.
The Miss Hayters, the females of the family of cousins already mentioned, were apparently admitted to the honour of being in love with him; and as for Henrietta and Louisa, they both seemed so entirely occupied by him, that nothing but the continued appearance of the most perfect good-will between themselves could have made it credible that they were not decided rivals.
Steuben that he doubted nothing, and indeed what she told him was probably the more credible for seeming to him eminently strange.
For it is a thousand times more credible, that four mutable elements, and one immutable fifth essence, duly and eternally placed, need no God, than that an army of infinite small portions, or seeds unplaced, should have produced this order and beauty, without a divine marshal.
For that instant everything hung in the balance, for had he done so and found the empty submarine still lying at her wharf the whole weak fabric of my concoction would have tumbled about our heads; but evidently he decided the message must be genuine, nor indeed was there any good reason to doubt it since it would scarce have seemed credible to him that two slaves would voluntarily have given themselves into custody in any such manner as this.
How he did it I shall never know, nor does it seem credible that any Martian-born creature could approximate the marvelous speed of my earthly muscles.
The most credible pictures are those of majestic men who prevailed at their entrance, and convinced the senses; as happened to the eastern magian who was sent to test the merits of Zertusht or Zoroaster.
If you do not find it credible you will at least be as one with me in acknowledging that it is unique, remarkable, and interesting.
It is scarcely credible, even after all the tricks that have been played upon me.
Casaubon: it was not credible that Dorothea as a young widow would think of living alone in the house at Lowick.
It scarce seemed credible that he could be serving her from motives purely chivalrous.
Norman of Torn came out of his corner to meet his new-found enemy, and there, in the apartment of the Queen of England in the castle of Battel, was fought such a duel as no man there had ever seen before, nor is it credible that its like was ever fought before or since.