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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Credence


CREDENCE, noun [See Creed.]

1. Belief; credit; reliance of the mind on evidence of facts derived from other sources than personal knowledge, as from the testimony of others. We give credence to a historian of unsuspected integrity, or to a story which is related by a man of known veracity.

2. That which gives a claim to credit, belief or confidence; as a letter of credence which is intended to commend the bearer to the confidence of a third person.