What does credence mean?

Definitions for credenceˈkrid ns

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word credence.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. credence, acceptance(noun)

    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"

  2. credenza, credence(noun)

    a kind of sideboard or buffet


  1. credence(Noun)

    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. credence(Noun)

    Credential or supporting material for a person or claim.

    He presented us with a letter of credence.

  3. credence(Noun)

    A small table or credenza used in certain Christian religious services.

  4. credence(Verb)

    To give credence to; to believe.

  5. Origin: From credence, from credentia, from credens, present active participle of credo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Credence(noun)

    reliance of the mind on evidence of facts derived from other sources than personal knowledge; belief; credit; confidence

  2. Credence(noun)

    that which gives a claim to credit, belief, or confidence; as, a letter of credence

  3. Credence(noun)

    the small table by the side of the altar or communion table, on which the bread and wine are placed before being consecrated

  4. Credence(noun)

    a cupboard, sideboard, or cabinet, particularly one intended for the display of rich vessels or plate, and consisting chiefly of open shelves for that purpose

  5. Credence(verb)

    to give credence to; to believe

  6. Origin: [LL. credentia, fr. L. credens, -entis, p. pr. of credere to trust, believe: cf. OF. credence. See Creed, and cf. Credent, Creance.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Credence

    krē′dens, n. belief: trust: the small table beside the altar on which the bread and wine are placed before being consecrated.—n. Creden′dum, a thing to be believed, an act of faith:—pl. Credenda.—adjs. Crē′dent, easy of belief; Creden′tial, giving a title to belief or credit.—n. that which entitles to credit or confidence: (pl.) esp. the letters by which one claims confidence or authority among strangers.—ns. Credibil′ity, Cred′ibleness.—adj. Credible (kred′-), that may be believed.—adv. Cred′ibly.—n. Cred′it, belief: esteem: reputation: honour: good character: sale on trust: time allowed for payment: the side of an account on which payments received are entered: a sum placed at a person's disposal in a bank on which he may draw to its amount.—v.t. to believe: to trust: to sell or lend to on trust: to enter on the credit side of an account: to set to the credit of.—adj. Cred′itable, trustworthy: bringing credit or honour.—n. Cred′itableness.—adv. Cred′itably.—ns. Cred′itor, one to whom a debt is due:—fem. Cred′itrix; Crē′do, the Creed, or a musical setting of it for church services; Credū′lity, credulousness: disposition to believe on insufficient evidence.—adj. Cred′ulous, easy of belief: apt to believe without sufficient evidence: unsuspecting.—adv. Cred′ulously.—ns. Cred′ulousness; Creed, a summary of articles of religious belief, esp. those called the Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian: any system of belief. [Fr.,—Low L. credentia—L. credent-, believing, pr.p. of credĕre.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of credence in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of credence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. George Jean Nathan:

    The path of sound credence is through the thick forest of skepticism.

  2. James McLelland:

    We are not giving any credence to honor, but approach it as capital murder. Whatever the motivation was, is for him to explain. The end result is the same.

  3. Matthew Mish:

    There is some credence to the number of statements companies are making [about the impact] on liquidity and profits, but I don’t think it will be a death blow to high-yield by any stretch.

  4. Boris Johnson:

    My point was that I disagreed with the Iranian view that training journalists was a crime, not that I wanted to lend any credence to Iranian allegations that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been engaged in such activity.

  5. Lewis Lapham:

    Except in a few well-publicized instances (enough to lend credence to the iconography painted on the walls of the media), the rigorous practice of rugged individualism usually leads to poverty, ostracism and disgrace. The rugged individualist is too often mistaken for the misfit, the maverick, the spoilsport, the sore thumb.

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