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Dictionary Definition

credence

Noun

1 the mental attitude that something is believable and should be accepted as true; "he gave credence to the gossip"; "acceptance of Newtonian mechanics was unquestioned for 200 years" [syn: acceptance]
2 a kind of sideboard or buffet [syn: credenza]

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English

Noun

  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. Credential or supporting material for a person or claim.
    He presented us with a letter of credence.
  3. A small table or credenza used in certain Christian religious services.

Related terms

Translations

acceptance of a belief or claim
credential or supporting material for a person or claim
  • Dutch: italbrac person aanbeveling, italbrac claim ondersteuning, bewijs
small table or credenza used in certain Christian religious services

Verb

  1. To give credence to; to believe.

Translations

acceptance of a belief or claim
  • Dutch: aanvaarden, aannemen, geloven

References

  • Webster 1828
  • Webster 1913
  • Dictionary.com
  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.

Extensive Definition

Credence can have several meanings:
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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Communion table, acceptance, acceptation, accepting, acception, acquiescence, admission, admitting, altar, altar carpet, altar desk, altar facing, altar of prothesis, altar rail, altar side, altar slab, altar stair, altar stone, altarpiece, ancona, assurance, assuredness, belief, bomos, certainty, chancel table, confidence, credit, credulity, dependence, eschara, faith, frontal, gradin, hestia, holy table, hope, mensal, missal stand, predella, prothesis, reception, reliance, reliance on, retable, retablo, rood altar, scrobis, stock, store, superaltar, sureness, surety, suspension of disbelief, trust
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