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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.
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
entitling one to confidence, authority, etc
[C16: from Medieval Latin crēdentia credit, trust; see credence]
creˈdentialled, creˈdentialed adj
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]
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|Noun||1.||credential - 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
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