Definition of credence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkriːdns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkriːdns//
    [uncountable] (formal)
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  1. 1a quality that an idea or a story has that makes you believe it is true Historical evidence lends credence to his theory.
  2. 2belief in something as true They could give no credence to the findings of the survey. Alternative medicine has been gaining credence (= becoming more widely accepted) recently.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from medieval Latin credentia, from Latin credent- ‘believing’, from the verb credere.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: credence