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credence

[ kreed-ns ]
/ ˈkrid ns /
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noun

belief as to the truth of something: to give credence to a claim.
something giving a claim to belief or confidence: letter of credence.
Also called credence table, credenza. Ecclesiastical. a small side table, shelf, or niche for holding articles used in the Eucharist service.
Furniture. credenza (def. 1).

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Origin of credence

1300–50; Middle English <Middle French credence<Medieval Latin crēdentia.See credent, -ence

OTHER WORDS FROM credence

non·cre·dence, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for credence

credence
/ (ˈkriːdəns) /

noun

acceptance or belief, esp with regard to the truth of the evidence of othersI cannot give credence to his account
something supporting a claim to belief; recommendation; credential (esp in the phrase letters of credence)
short for credence table

Word Origin for credence

C14: from Medieval Latin crēdentia trust, credit, from Latin crēdere to believe
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