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credentialism

[kri-den-shuh-liz-uh m] /krɪˈdɛn ʃəˌlɪz əm/
noun
1.
excessive reliance on credentials, especially academic degrees, in determining hiring or promotion policies.
Origin of credentialism
1965-1970
First recorded in 1965-70; credential + -ism
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