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[kreed-ns] /ˈkrid ns/
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).
Origin of credence
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French credence < Medieval Latin crēdentia. See credent, -ence
Related forms
noncredence, noun
1. credit, faith, confidence. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for credence
  • 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


acceptance or belief, esp with regard to the truth of the evidence of others: I cannot give credence to his account
something supporting a claim to belief; recommendation; credential (esp in the phrase letters of credence)
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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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