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To support or enhance the believability of a fact or assertion by the presentation of additional information that confirms the truthfulness of the item.

The testimony of a witness is corroborated if subsequent evidence, such as a coroner's report or the testimony of other witnesses, substantiates it.

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v. to confirm and sometimes add substantiating (reinforcing) testimony to the testimony of another witness or a party in a trial. (See: corroborating evidence)

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In this study, we examined the impact of the suspect's moral attractiveness (salacious or nonsalacious alibi), the strength of the physical evidence supporting the alibi (strong or weak), and the characteristics of the alibi corroborator (credible or noncredible corroborator) on alibi believability, the likelihood of the suspect being rated guilty, and the ratings of the suspect's character.
We used a 2 (strong or weak alibi) x 2 (salacious or nonsalacious alibi) x 2 (credible or noncredible corroborator) between-subjects design.
They then made several ratings on 11-point Likert scales (e.g., 1 = do not believe the alibi at all to 11 = believe the alibi completely) in relation to alibi believability, suspect guilt, and corroborator believability.
Participants' ratings of alibi believability were assessed via a 2 (strength of alibi evidence) x 2 (salaciousness of alibi) x 2 (credibility of corroborator) between-subjects analysis of variance (ANOVA).
Participants' ratings of the likelihood of guilt were subjected to a 2 (strength of alibi evidence) x 2 (salaciousness of alibi) x 2 (credibility of corroborator) between-subjects ANOVA.