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[sur-tuh-fi-key-shuh n, ser-tif-uh-] /ˌsɜr tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən, sərˌtɪf ə-/
the act of certifying.
the state of being certified.
a certified statement.
the writing on the face of a check by which it is certified.
Law. a certificate attesting the truth of some statement or event.
Origin of certification
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English certificacio(u)n < Medieval Latin certificātiōn- (stem of certificātiō). See certificate, -ion
Related forms
noncertification, noun
precertification, noun
recertification, noun Unabridged
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  • "Nameless," he said with an effort, when the lengthy details of certification were asked.

    The White Desert Courtney Ryley Cooper
  • But, once more, this citizenship and this certification are solely moral.

  • A President is to be elected, not by a preponderance of certification, but by a preponderance of voting.

    The Electoral Votes of 1876 David Dudley Field
  • "Which certification is not worth a damn," the burly Officer declared.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • But Government by certification is just as impossible as Government by veto.

    Freedom Through Disobedience C. R. (Chittaranjan) Das
British Dictionary definitions for certification


the act of certifying or state of being certified
(law) a document attesting the truth of a fact or statement
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Word Origin and History for certification

early 15c., "notification;" mid-15c., "demonstration, proof," from Medieval Latin certificationem (nominative certificatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Late Latin certificare (see certify). Meaning "act of providing with a legal certificate" is from 1881.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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certification in Medicine

certification cer·ti·fi·ca·tion (sûr'tə-fĭ-kā'shən)

  1. The reporting to health authorities of those diseases legally required to be reported.

  2. The attainment of board certification in a specialty.

  3. The court procedure by which a patient is committed to a mental institution.

  4. Involuntary mental hospitalization.

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