officially recognized as meeting the essential requirements, as of academic excellence: accredited schools.
provided with official credentials, as by a government: an accredited diplomatic representative.
accepted as authoritative: an accredited theory.

Origin of accredited

First recorded in 1625–35; accredit + -ed2
Related formsnon·ac·cred·it·ed, adjectiveun·ac·cred·it·ed, adjectivewell-ac·cred·it·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for non-accredited



"furnished with credentials," 1630s, past participle adjective from accredit (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper