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cre·den·tial

 (krĭ-dĕn′shəl)
n.
1. That which entitles one to confidence, credit, or authority.
2. credentials Evidence or testimonials concerning one's right to credit, confidence, or authority: The new ambassador presented her credentials to the president.
tr.v. cre·den·tialed, cre·den·tial·ing, cre·den·tials Usage Problem
To supply with credentials: "trained, professional, credentialed child care" (Lee Salk).

[From Medieval Latin crēdentiālis, giving authority, from crēdentia, trust; see credence.]
Usage Note: The use of the participle credentialed to refer to certified teachers and other professionals is well established (She became credentialed through a graduate program at a local college), but its more general use to mean "possessing professional or expert credentials" is still widely considered jargon. The sentence The board heard testimony from a number of credentialed witnesses was unacceptable to 85 percent of the Usage Panel in our 1988 survey and to 59 percent in our 2006 survey, indicating that although resistance to it is lessening, its use is still not broadly accepted.

credential

(krɪˈdɛnʃəl)
n
1. something that entitles a person to confidence, authority, etc
2. (plural) a letter or certificate giving evidence of the bearer's identity or competence
adj
entitling one to confidence, authority, etc
[C16: from Medieval Latin crēdentia credit, trust; see credence]
creˈdentialled, creˈdentialed adj

cre•den•tial

(krɪˈdɛn ʃəl)

n. Usu., credentials.
1. evidence of entitlement to rights, privileges, or the like, usu. in written form: No one admitted without credentials.
2. anything that provides the basis for confidence, belief, etc., or for extending credit.
v.t.
3. to grant credentials to.
adj.
4. entitled to or granting privileges, credit, etc.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin crēdenti(a) credence (< Latin crēdere to believe) + -al1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.credential - a document attesting to the truth of certain stated factscredential - a document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts
document, papers, written document - writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)
certificate of incorporation - state approval of the articles of incorporation of a corporation
birth certificate - a copy of the official document giving details of a person's birth
diploma, sheepskin - a document certifying the successful completion of a course of study
military commission, commission - an official document issued by a government and conferring on the recipient the rank of an officer in the armed forces
bill of health - a certificate saying that a departing ship's company is healthy (to be presented at the next port of arrival)
registration - a document certifying an act of registering
teacher's certificate, teaching certificate - a certificate saying that the holder is qualified to teach in the public schools
probate, probate will - a judicial certificate saying that a will is genuine and conferring on the executors the power to administer the estate
References in classic literature ?
His mind was too concentrated upon the business of flying for him to think very much of what might happen to an indefinite-spirited Cockney without credential who arrived on an Asiatic flying-machine amidst the war-infuriated population beyond.
But I bought drinks for others, most carefully selected--bought drinks with an air of prosperity that was as a credential to my story; and in my cups (my apparent cups, steward), spun an old man's yarn of the Wide Awake, the longboat, the bearings unnamable, and the treasure under the sand.
Fairlie as a species of credential which might be useful to her, and started by herself for the Asylum on the eleventh of October.
But as these pig-fish are a nosy, contemptible set, mostly lurking in the mouths of rivers, and feeding on wet hay, and especially as they do not spout, I deny their credentials as whales; and have presented them with their passports to quit the kingdom of Cetology.
Ere entering upon the subject of Fossil Whales, I present my credentials as a geologist, by stating that in my miscellaneous time i have been a stone-mason, and also a great digger of ditches, canals, and wells, wine-vaults, cellars, and cisterns of all sorts.
Now you would think that the first thing the king would do after listening to such a novelette from an entire stranger, would be to ask for credentials -- yes, and a pointer or two as to locality of castle, best route to it, and so on.
My credentials, entries, and memoranda, are all comprehended in the one line, `Recalled to Life;' which may mean anything.
We have no doubt his liberality is well represented by his surviving partner,' said the gentleman, presenting his credentials.
Putting Miss Havisham's note in my pocket, that it might serve as my credentials for so soon reappearing at Satis House, in case her waywardness should lead her to express any surprise at seeing me, I went down again by the coach next day.
His excellency, having mounted on the small of my right leg, advanced forwards up to my face, with about a dozen of his retinue; and producing his credentials under the signet royal, which he applied close to my eyes, spoke about ten minutes without any signs of anger, but with a kind of determinate resolution, often pointing forwards, which, as I afterwards found, was towards the capital city, about half a mile distant; whither it was agreed by his majesty in council that I must be conveyed.
The box we seek is to be landed in Varna, and to be given to an agent, one Ristics who will there present his credentials.
Indeed, that doubtless would have happened if his credentials had not been so favorable.