Credentials



[kri-den-shuh l] /krɪˈdɛn ʃəl/

noun
1.
Usually, credentials. evidence of authority, status, rights, entitlement to privileges, or the like, usually in written form:
Only those with the proper credentials are admitted.
2.
anything that provides the basis for confidence, belief, credit, etc.
verb (used with object), credentialed, credentialing or especially British, credentialled, credentialling.
3.
to grant credentials to, especially educational and professional ones:
She has been credentialed to teach math.
adjective
4.
providing the basis for confidence, belief, credit, etc.
/krɪˈdɛnʃəl/
noun
1.
something that entitles a person to confidence, authority, etc
2.
(pl) a letter or certificate giving evidence of the bearer’s identity or competence
adjective
3.
entitling one to confidence, authority, etc
n.

“letters entitling the bearer to certain credit or confidence,” 1670s, from Medieval Latin credentialis, from credentia (see credence). Probably immediately as a shortening of letters credential (1520s, with French word order); earlier was letter of credence (mid-14c.).
n.

“that which entitles to credit,” 1756, probably a back-formation from credentials. Earlier in English as an adjective, “confirming, corroborating” (late 15c.). As a verb, “provide with credentials,” by 1828 (implied in dredentialed).

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