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[kri-den-shuh l] /krɪˈdɛn ʃəl/
Usually, credentials. evidence of authority, status, rights, entitlement to privileges, or the like, usually in written form:
Only those with the proper credentials are admitted.
anything that provides the basis for confidence, belief, credit, etc.
verb (used with object), credentialed, credentialing or especially British, credentialled, credentialling.
to grant credentials to, especially educational and professional ones:
She has been credentialed to teach math.
providing the basis for confidence, belief, credit, etc.
Origin of credential
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English credencial < Medieval Latin crēdenti(a) credence + -al1
Related forms
uncredentialed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for credential
  • Obtaining a position requires much more than coursework or the credential of the degree.
  • In a volatile labour market, the flexibility of a credential is of crucial importance.
  • Behavioral biometrics are well suited to this as they can be a single credential for this purpose.
  • credential review begins immediately and continues until the positions are filled.
  • When you reduce education to a credential rather than an achievement, all you do is cheapen the credential.
  • The only obvious credential of a novelist has to do with his trade.
  • Many of them, in fact, are being run by teachers who are in the process of earning a credential online.
  • Discredit the bachelor's degree as a job credential.
  • Great testament for his integrity, and a ringing credential for his proclaimed senate candidacy.
  • State credential laws protect overpriced professions.
British Dictionary definitions for credential


something that entitles a person to confidence, authority, etc
(pl) a letter or certificate giving evidence of the bearer's identity or competence
entitling one to confidence, authority, etc
Derived Forms
credentialed, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin crēdentia credit, trust; see credence
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Word Origin and History for credential

"that which entitles to credit," 1756, probably a back-formation from credentials. Earlier in English as an adjective, "confirming, corroborating" (late 15c.). As a verb, "provide with credentials," by 1828 (implied in dredentialed).

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