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credence

[kreed-ns] /ˈkrid ns/
noun
1.
belief as to the truth of something:
to give credence to a claim.
2.
something giving a claim to belief or confidence:
letter of credence.
3.
Also called credence table, credenza. Ecclesiastical. a small side table, shelf, or niche for holding articles used in the Eucharist service.
4.
Furniture. credenza (def 1).
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French credence < Medieval Latin crēdentia. See credent, -ence
Related forms
noncredence, noun
Synonyms
1. credit, faith, confidence.
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  • It also lends credence to the theory that damage to stem cells may be the main driver of aging.
  • Data has shown that more conceptions tend to occur between these early morning hours, giving credence to the theory.
  • These findings lend credence to the concept that serotonin dysfunction plays a role in the disorder.
  • Research suggesting that many college students don't learn much of anything in college lends some credence to this idea.
  • Giving these militants any sort of credence only fuels their fire.
  • On the judgment date of our bet, my ideology or his will gain credence.
  • It would be wrong to give his story, standing alone, too much credence.
  • Few had given much credence to the projections in the first place.
  • Its continuously escalating success began to give credence again to the idea of an ordered, explainable universe.
  • It is mostly a matter of tone: it is hardly possible to give credence to ideas uttered in the impersonal tones of sanity.
British Dictionary definitions for credence

credence

/ˈkriːdəns/
noun
1.
acceptance or belief, esp with regard to the truth of the evidence of others: I cannot give credence to his account
2.
something supporting a claim to belief; recommendation; credential (esp in the phrase letters of credence)
3.
short for credence table
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin crēdentia trust, credit, from Latin crēdere to believe
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Word Origin and History for credence
n.

mid-14c., from Medieval Latin credentia "belief," from Latin credentum (nominative credens), past participle of credere "believe, trust" (see credo).

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