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I'm looking for a word that has the specific connotation/denotation about the speaker's ability to speak truthfully based on their knowledge of the subject that they are speaking about.

For example:

I cannot speak with _ about your legal problem, because I am not an attorney.

I'd like the word to render the phrase after the comma redundant.

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Please note: can not is not the same as cannot. You probably want the latter here. –  Mr. Shiny and New 安宇 Jan 11 '11 at 16:54
    
truthiness, of course... –  Tesserex Jan 11 '11 at 19:34
    
@Mr.ShinyandNew安宇: What? They're not the same? –  Mitch Jan 20 at 16:39
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My first choice: "credibility". "Authority", already suggested, is also fine. Perhaps "reliably" as well.

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My thought is: veracity. But the additional condition of not being a lawyer would negate the cannot, unless you really intended to say can not.

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How about a simple "I am not qualified to..." or "I am not in a position to..."?

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+1 for "I am not qualified". –  psmears Jan 11 '11 at 20:31
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Authority would fit.

I cannot speak with any authority about your legal problem.

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I think perhaps you're looking for accuracy, rather than truthfulness. Were it truthfulness, I'd say perhaps "I can not speak forthrightly…"

Other than accuracy, I'd suggest authority.

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"authority" would be a reasonable choice in your sentence. I would reword it to say "I can not speak authoritatively ..." though.

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>I would reword it to say "I can not speak authoritatively ..." though.> I wouldn't personally, it's much less common than 'I cannot speak with any authority', not to mention the fact that it's something of a tonguetwister! –  user3444 Jan 11 '11 at 16:24
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