An example of credence is when a scientific experiment has revealed the same findings when conducted by several different scientists, thus creating a high probability that the findings are true.
A letter of credence.
To give credence to rumors.
Origin of credence
- Middle English from Old French from Medieval Latin crēdentia from Latin crēdēns crēdent- present participle of crēdere to believe kerd- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old French credence, from Medieval Latin crēdentia (“belief, faith”), from Latin crēdēns, present active participle of crēdō (“loan, confide in, trust, believe”).