Trust / Credibility

mike   Thu Nov 09, 2006 4:50 am GMT
Are they the same?

Your thoughts please!

Mary   Thu Nov 09, 2006 7:01 am GMT
Someone is credible if you can believe the things that he/she says. Someone is trustworthy if you can count on them in many ways. For example, let's say that Jim trusts Mark. Jim will let Mark borrow his car. Jim will loan Mark money. Jim will count on Mark to fulfill his promises. However, let's say that Jim thinks that Jane is credible. Jim will believe the things Jane says, but he might not trust her.

On another note, "trust" and "credibility" are not parallel structures. "Trustworthy" and "credible" are parallel structures; so are "trustworthiness" and "credibility":

You *have trust in* (or just *trust*) someone if you have confidence in him/her.
Someone *is trustworthy* if he/she deserves to be trusted.
Someone *has credibility* if he/she is trustworthy.
Someone *is credible* if he/she is trustworthy.