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- First attested in the 1630s.
- Given official approval after meeting certain standards, as an accredited university; or as disease free cattle.
- 1907, Harold Bindloss, chapter 31, in The Dust of Conflict:
- The task was more to Appleby's liking than the one he had anticipated, and it was necessary, since the smaller merchants in Cuba and also in parts of Peninsular Spain have no great confidence in bankers, and prefer a packet of golden onzas or a bag of pesetas to the best accredited cheque.
- 2021 December 29, Paul Stephen, “Rail's accident investigators”, in RAIL, number 947, page 29:
- Can we use an accredited agent, or perhaps for a night-time incident it would be better to deploy in daylight hours, for example?
given official approval after meeting criteria