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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 credentials
  • Background information and writing credentials are helpful.
  • Many experts have also become concerned about biofuels' questionable green credentials.
  • Our explorers come to us with a diverse and extensive list of credentials.
  • All she needed was an aeronautics expert with the proper credentials to field-test her theory.
  • He has credentials in oncology and rather than dismissing him based on what the news-entertainment media report, dig a little.
  • And those of you that can propose my suggestion because of your credentials, please don't feel ashamed to do so.
  • The replies were then culled for appropriate credentials and then tabulated.
  • Please state that you don't believe in evolution and your education credentials.
  • While public discourse often focuses on four-year degrees, these other credentials matter, a lot.
  • Few good proposals are free of risk, and even fewer come with impeccable academic credentials.
British Dictionary definitions for credentials


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 credentials

"letters entitling the bearer to certain credit or confidence," 1670s, from Medieval Latin credentialis, from credentia (see credence). Probably immediately as a shortening of letters credential (1520s, with French word order); earlier was letter of credence (mid-14c.).



"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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