credence

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French credence, from Medieval Latin crēdentia (belief, faith), from Latin crēdēns, present active participle of crēdō (loan, confide in, trust, believe).

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credence (countable and uncountable, plural credences)

  1. Acceptance of a belief or claim as true, especially on the basis of evidence.
    Based on the scientific data, I give credence to this hypothesis.
  2. (rare) Credential or supporting material for a person or claim.
    He presented us with a letter of credence.
  3. (religion) A small table or credenza used in certain Christian religious services.
  4. A cupboard, sideboard, or cabinet, particularly one intended for the display of rich vessels or plate on open shelves.

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credence (third-person singular simple present credences, present participle credencing, simple past and past participle credenced)

  1. (obsolete) To give credence to; to believe.

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin credentia. Compare croiance, creance.

Noun[edit]

credence f (oblique plural credences, nominative singular credence, nominative plural credences)

  1. faith; confidence