[sur-tuh-fi-key-shuhn, ser-tif-uh-]

1400–50; late Middle English certificacio(u)n < Medieval Latin certificātiōn- (stem of certificātiō). See certificate, -ion

noncertification, noun
precertification, noun
recertification, noun
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certification (ˌsɜːtɪfɪˈkeɪʃən)
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 & History

c.1440, from M.L. certificationem, noun of action from certificare (see certify).
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Medical Dictionary

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

  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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Example sentences
There is no generally accepted certification or credential system in belly
Two received pilots' certification and three became navigators.
So certification is probably not as important as improved training methods.
Registration, re-registration, and certification with municipal departments
  cost enterprises hundreds of employee hours.
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