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credential

[kri-den-shuh l] /krɪˈdɛn ʃəl/
noun
1.
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.
2.
anything that provides the basis for confidence, belief, credit, etc.
verb (used with object), credentialed, credentialing or especially British, credentialled, credentialling.
3.
to grant credentials to, especially educational and professional ones:
She has been credentialed to teach math.
adjective
4.
providing the basis for confidence, belief, credit, etc.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English credencial < Medieval Latin crēdenti(a) credence + -al1
Related forms
uncredentialed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for credentialling

credential

/krɪˈdɛnʃəl/
noun
1.
something that entitles a person to confidence, authority, etc
2.
(pl) a letter or certificate giving evidence of the bearer's identity or competence
adjective
3.
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 credentialling

credential

n.

"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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