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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Medieval Latin credentia, from Latin credere 'to believe, trust, give to someone to keep safe'

credence

noun
     
cre‧dence [uncountable]
formal the acceptance of something as true
give credence to something (=to believe or accept something as true)
I don't give any credence to these rumors.
gain credence (=to become more widely accepted or believed)
His ideas quickly gained credence among economists.
lend credence to something (=to make something more believable)
The DNA results lend credence to Hausmann's claims of innocence.

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