belief as to the truth of something: to give credence to a claim.
something giving a claim to belief or confidence: letter of credence.
Also called credence table, credenza. Ecclesiastical. a small side table, shelf, or niche for holding articles used in the Eucharist service.
Furniture. credenza ( def 1 ).

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French credence < Medieval Latin crēdentia. See credent, -ence

noncredence, noun

1. credit, faith, confidence. Unabridged
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credence (ˈkriːdəns)
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
[C14: from Medieval Latin crēdentia trust, credit, from Latin crēdere to believe]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., from M.L. credentia, from L. credentum (nom. credens), pp. of credere "believe, trust."
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Example sentences
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.
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