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credence

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noun cre·dence \ˈkrē-dən(t)s\

Simple Definition of credence

  • : belief that something is true

  • : the quality of being believed or accepted as something true or real

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of credence

  1. 1 a :  mental acceptance as true or real <give credence to gossip> b :  credibility 1 <lends credence to the theory>

  2. 2 :  credentials —used in the phrase letters of credence

  3. 3 [Middle French, from Old Italian credenza] :  a Renaissance sideboard used chiefly for valuable plate

  4. 4 :  a small table where the bread and wine rest before consecration

Examples of credence in a sentence

  1. The theory is gaining credence among scientists.

  2. <I'm afraid I don't put much credence in common gossip.>



Origin and Etymology of credence

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin credentia, from Latin credent-, credens, present participle of credere to believe, trust — more at creed


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of credence

belief, faith, credence, credit mean assent to the truth of something offered for acceptance. belief may or may not imply certitude in the believer <my belief that I had caught all the errors>. faith almost always implies certitude even where there is no evidence or proof <an unshakable faith in God>. credence suggests intellectual assent without implying anything about grounds for assent <a theory now given credence by scientists>. credit may imply assent on grounds other than direct proof <gave full credit to the statement of a reputable witness>.



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