(countable and uncountable, plural credences)
- 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.
- (rare) Credential or supporting material for a person or claim.
- He presented us with a letter of credence.
- (religion) A small table or credenza used in certain Christian religious services.
- A cupboard, sideboard, or cabinet, particularly one intended for the display of rich vessels or plate on open shelves.
(third-person singular simple present credences, present participle credencing, simple past and past participle credenced)
- (obsolete) To give credence to; to believe.
From Old French credence, from Medieval Latin crēdentia (“belief, faith”), from Latin crēdēns, present active participle of crēdō (“loan, confide in, trust, believe”).