letter of credence

noun phrase

Definition of letter of credence

: a formal document attesting to the power of a diplomatic agent to act for the issuing government

called also letters of credence

First Known Use of letter of credence

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Letter of credence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/letter%20of%20credence. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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