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certification

[sur-tuh-fi-key-shuh n, ser-tif-uh-] /ˌsɜr tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən, sərˌtɪf ə-/
noun
1.
the act of certifying.
2.
the state of being certified.
3.
a certified statement.
4.
the writing on the face of a check by which it is certified.
5.
Law. a certificate attesting the truth of some statement or event.
Origin of certification
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English certificacio(u)n < Medieval Latin certificātiōn- (stem of certificātiō). See certificate, -ion
Related forms
noncertification, noun
precertification, noun
recertification, noun
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  • "Nameless," he said with an effort, when the lengthy details of certification were asked.

    The White Desert Courtney Ryley Cooper
  • But, once more, this citizenship and this certification are solely moral.

  • A President is to be elected, not by a preponderance of certification, but by a preponderance of voting.

    The Electoral Votes of 1876 David Dudley Field
  • "Which certification is not worth a damn," the burly Officer declared.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • But Government by certification is just as impossible as Government by veto.

    Freedom Through Disobedience C. R. (Chittaranjan) Das
British Dictionary definitions for certification

certification

/ˌsɜːtɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of certifying or state of being certified
2.
(law) a document attesting the truth of a fact or statement
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Word Origin and History for certification
n.

early 15c., "notification;" mid-15c., "demonstration, proof," from Medieval Latin certificationem (nominative certificatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Late Latin certificare (see certify). Meaning "act of providing with a legal certificate" is from 1881.

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certification in Medicine

certification cer·ti·fi·ca·tion (sûr'tə-fĭ-kā'shən)
n.

  1. The reporting to health authorities of those diseases legally required to be reported.

  2. The attainment of board certification in a specialty.

  3. The court procedure by which a patient is committed to a mental institution.

  4. Involuntary mental hospitalization.

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