credit 1 of 2

as in trust
the right to take possession of goods before paying for them because of their reputation for not paying their bills, no store will extend the family credit

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2 of 2


as in to attribute
to explain (something) as being the result of something else has to credit his success in picking winning lottery numbers to pure luck

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How is the word credit different from other nouns like it?

Some common synonyms of credit are belief, credence, and faith. While all these words mean "assent to the truth of something offered for acceptance," credit may imply assent on grounds other than direct proof.

gave full credit to the statement of a reputable witness

When might belief be a better fit than credit?

The meanings of belief and credit largely overlap; however, belief may or may not imply certitude in the believer.

my belief that I had caught all the errors

When is it sensible to use credence instead of credit?

Although the words credence and credit have much in common, credence suggests intellectual assent without implying anything about grounds for assent.

a theory now given credence by scientists

When is faith a more appropriate choice than credit?

The words faith and credit can be used in similar contexts, but faith almost always implies certitude even where there is no evidence or proof.

an unshakable faith in God

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“Credit.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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