- 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.
- 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
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- something that entitles a person to confidence, authority, etc
- (plural) a letter or certificate giving evidence of the bearer's identity or competence
- entitling one to confidence, authority, etc
Word Origin for credential
C16: from Medieval Latin crēdentia credit, trust; see credence
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
"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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