Definition of credence in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Belief in or acceptance of something as true.

    ‘psychoanalysis finds little credence among laymen’
    • ‘Nevertheless, the idea has survived, gaining credence even in official circles, and continues to be invoked in any discussion, official or otherwise, of the future of the Egyptian theatre.’
    • ‘When the government is giving you millions of dollars to show a drug is harmful, you're going to give more credence to experiments that show it is, no matter how flawed, because your career depends on it.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, they're also accepting that the slump in singles sales isn't down to illegal downloading alone; they give some credence to the ‘rival entertainment’ argument.’
    • ‘Opponents certainly give little credence to these reports, in part because they know their own lists usually include some fiction.’
    • ‘Martin Luther King's words gained credence from his actions.’
    • ‘If views like his are starting to gain credence with the intellectual elites of places like Malaysia - as it seems they are - for that reason alone they merit a serious and objective response by all of us.’
    • ‘The doctrine of reincarnation is one of the world's most popular religious beliefs, and one which has also found credence with many in the West, along with the what goes around comes around belief in Karma.’
    • ‘That's a problem, because the credentials of professionals lend credence to their beliefs, however outrageous.’
    • ‘Because Bahamian society is small, insular and closed, it is possible for certain ideas to circulate, gain credence and become accepted as fact.’
    • ‘The idea might seem ludicrous but it's gaining credence among some very bright people.’
    • ‘The adage that ‘education is the lifeblood of a cooperative’ has always had credence and it continues to ring true today.’
    • ‘In spite of the falsehoods in our press, it seems to me this last year I've never seen so many lies accepted and given credence to than in all my 56 years.’
    • ‘When you have either a political or ideological bias there is a great temptation to ignore contrary facts and information as a matter of deliberate policy or because you subconsciously give them little credence.’
    • ‘But their demands helped to muddy the waters and were given wide credence among their supporters in the United States.’
    • ‘But seriously, there is credence in the belief that we fear what we do not know.’
    • ‘And so I didn't trust emotion, or give it much credence.’
    • ‘This concept held some credence, especially among paleontologists, until the modern evolutionary synthesis was established in the 1940s.’
    • ‘It is painful to watch him displaying credentials that no longer carry much credence.’
    • ‘His ideas have been twisted into evolutionary psychology, a pseudo-science which is given surprising credence.’
    acceptance, belief, faith, trust, confidence, reliance, traction
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    1. 1.1The likelihood of something being true; plausibility.
      ‘being called upon by the media as an expert lends credence to one's opinions’
      • ‘The very fact that I visit this site and read these articles lends credence to the assumption that I do find useful and true ideas here.’
      • ‘The research lends credence to the notion that common bacterial infections might play a role in determining who is stricken with the debilitating neurological disorder.’
      • ‘The record of systemic abuse of the program lends credence to claims that the oil-ministry list is genuine and should be investigated.’
      • ‘This lends credence to the mother's position that the policy was there for the financial security of the mother and children rather than anything else.’
      • ‘The fact that tutorial utilization resulted in even higher examination scores lends credence to their usefulness as a learning tool.’
      • ‘It almost lends credence to the prosecution's case.’
      • ‘The demonstrated fact that material does travel from one planet to another lends credence to the hypothesis.’
      • ‘The fact that the association between identity and support was actually stronger for boys than for girls lends credence to this hypothesis.’
      • ‘In fact, scholarly research lends credence to the observational accounts of the mainstream news media and the conventional wisdom of partisan practitioners.’
      • ‘This observation lends credence to the view that the Ohio Prairie Peninsula prairies developed through migration from the west.’
      • ‘It also lends credence to the notion that the availability of gambling opportunities is correlated positively with the incidence of problem and pathological gambling behaviors.’
      • ‘The existence of palm leaf libraries lends credence to the proletariat nature of ancient Oriya literature.’
      • ‘Their battered condition lends credence to the story, for why else would they have been saved, if not for their association with the martyred slave?’
      • ‘The lack of an extension for Scott lends credence to those rumors.’
      • ‘The picture is also jumpy and unfocused at times, which also lends credence to the high-resolution argument.’
      • ‘Towards the end of the tape the sound of breaking glass and crockery lends credence to the theory that passengers rushed the aisle with the food trolley.’
      • ‘This lends credence to the theory that one channels the powers beyond when writing, because really, I don't think I could seriously write that.’
      • ‘A decision from the ethics committee lends credence, just by its existence, to the moral correctness of that decision.’
      • ‘The name of the place also lends credence to his theory.’
      • ‘Their reluctance to defend themselves against specific charges lends credence to the allegations.’
      credibility, credit, reliability, plausibility, believability
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  • 2[usually as modifier] A small side table, shelf, or niche in a church for holding the elements of the Eucharist before they are consecrated.

    ‘a credence table’
    • ‘I took the finger towel and glass cruets of water and wine to the credence table at the right of the altar and put out the bell on the step where I would be kneeling at the consecration.’


Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin credentia, from Latin credent- believing, from the verb credere.