fiducial

[fi-doo-shuh l, -dyoo-]
adjective
  1. accepted as a fixed basis of reference or comparison: a fiducial point; a fiducial temperature.
  2. based on or having trust: fiducial dependence upon God.

Origin of fiducial

1565–75; < Late Latin fīdūciālis, equivalent to fīdūci(a) trust (akin to fīdere to trust) + -ālis -al1
Related formsfi·du·cial·ly, adverbun·fi·du·cial, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for fiducially

fiducial

adjective
  1. physics used as a standard of reference or measurementa fiducial point
  2. of or based on trust or faith
  3. law a less common word for fiduciary
Derived Formsfiducially, adverb

Word Origin for fiducial

C17: from Late Latin fīdūciālis , from Latin fīdūcia confidence, reliance, from fīdere to trust
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Word Origin and History for fiducially

fiducial

adj.

1570s, from Latin fiducialis "reliable," from fiducia "trust" (see faith).

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