Definition of credence in US English:



  • 1Belief in or acceptance of something as true.

    ‘psychoanalysis finds little credence among laymen’
    • ‘This concept held some credence, especially among paleontologists, until the modern evolutionary synthesis was established in the 1940s.’
    • ‘Because Bahamian society is small, insular and closed, it is possible for certain ideas to circulate, gain credence and become accepted as fact.’
    • ‘His ideas have been twisted into evolutionary psychology, a pseudo-science which is given surprising credence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is painful to watch him displaying credentials that no longer carry much credence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Martin Luther King's words gained credence from his actions.’
    • ‘But seriously, there is credence in the belief that we fear what we do not know.’
    • ‘Opponents certainly give little credence to these reports, in part because they know their own lists usually include some fiction.’
    • ‘That's a problem, because the credentials of professionals lend credence to their beliefs, however outrageous.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The adage that ‘education is the lifeblood of a cooperative’ has always had credence and it continues to ring true today.’
    • ‘But their demands helped to muddy the waters and were given wide credence among their supporters in the United States.’
    • ‘And so I didn't trust emotion, or give it much credence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The idea might seem ludicrous but it's gaining credence among some very bright people.’
    acceptance, belief, faith, trust, confidence, reliance, traction
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    1. 1.1 The likelihood of something being true; plausibility.
      ‘being called upon by the media as an expert lends credence to one's opinions’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Their reluctance to defend themselves against specific charges lends credence to the allegations.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In fact, scholarly research lends credence to the observational accounts of the mainstream news media and the conventional wisdom of partisan practitioners.’
      • ‘It almost lends credence to the prosecution's case.’
      • ‘The picture is also jumpy and unfocused at times, which also lends credence to the high-resolution argument.’
      • ‘The lack of an extension for Scott lends credence to those rumors.’
      • ‘This observation lends credence to the view that the Ohio Prairie Peninsula prairies developed through migration from the west.’
      • ‘The fact that tutorial utilization resulted in even higher examination scores lends credence to their usefulness as a learning tool.’
      • ‘The demonstrated fact that material does travel from one planet to another lends credence to the hypothesis.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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 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 theory that one channels the powers beyond when writing, because really, I don't think I could seriously write that.’
      • ‘The name of the place also lends credence to his theory.’
      • ‘A decision from the ethics committee lends credence, just by its existence, to the moral correctness of that decision.’
      • ‘The fact that the association between identity and support was actually stronger for boys than for girls lends credence to this hypothesis.’
      credibility, credit, reliability, plausibility, believability
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  • 2usually 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.’


  • give credence to

    • Accept as true.

      • ‘These are recipes that experts give credence to and experiments show work.’
      • ‘So it's bad when reporters get it wrong, but it's worse when officials give credence to these stories and speak of them as if they know their facts.’
      • ‘He was ‘most surprised that it would attack another dog’ but had to give credence to what had been said.’
      • ‘History provides enough evidence to give credence to what I have said.’
      • ‘They masquerade under the illusion that all is well, when in fact they give credence to paranoia and anxiety.’
      • ‘Such multiple histories would give credence to the fact that both political violence and progressive politics were part of a reality that was widely shared.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, the overly sympathetic portrait of Pilate does give credence to the anti-Semitism charge.’
      • ‘Trying to give credence to the notion that it was somehow a success seems as counterproductive as it is wrong.’
      • ‘All of these sites are advertiser supported so it should help give credence to blogs as a viable business model.’
      • ‘I am surprised you would give credence to any ‘study’ of this nonsense.’
      • ‘So at this point why give credence to this witch hunt, when you have so many other positive things to focus on like the foundation and cancer survivorship?’
      • ‘But by your logic, we shouldn't give credence to atomic theory (we cannot observe atoms), either.’
      • ‘So in a sense, did this give credence to the theory that this was an orchestrated genocide that had been planned for at least a year beforehand?’
      • ‘Why should we give credence to factual beliefs that are inconsistent with our everyday experience?’
      • ‘I would hope that those who give credence to this research make an appropriate note of the College Board's involvement.’
      • ‘To the extent that we succeed in verifying the existence of psychic ability, even to a limited extent, we appear to give credence to dysfunctional beliefs.’
      • ‘We still give credence to topics we see in print.’
      • ‘Who, after all, would give credence to a religion that appears so fragile it can only exist if protected by a bodyguard of lawyers?’
      • ‘We are obligated to judge our fellow man favorably; therefore, you should not give credence to your neighbor's report.’
      • ‘A patient who has been convinced that the doctor takes the pain seriously will give credence to what the doctor says.’


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