I. adjective Date: 15th century warranting credit or confidence — used chiefly in the phrase credential letters II. noun Date: 1655 1. something that gives a title to credit or confidence; also qualification 3a 2. plural testimonials or certified documents showing that a person is entitled to credit or has a right to exercise official power 3. certificate, diploma III. transitive verb (-tialed; also -tialled; -tialing; also -tialling) Date: 1888 to furnish with credentials <
to credential adequate academic performance — K. Patricia Cross

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Credential — Cre*den tial (kr[ e]*d[e^]n shal), a. [Cf. It. credenziale, fr. LL. credentia. See {Credence}.] Giving a title or claim to credit or confidence; accrediting. [1913 Webster] Their credential letters on both sides. Camden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • credential — credential, testimonial, recommendation, character, reference mean something presented by one person to another in proof that he is what or who he claims to be. Credential (usually in the plural credentials) implies material evidence and… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Credential — Cre*den tial, n. [Cf. It. credenziale.] 1. That which gives a title to credit or confidence. [1913 Webster] 2. pl. Testimonials showing that a person is entitled to credit, or has right to exercise official power, as the letters given by a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • credential — index believable, certification (certification of proficiency), recommendation Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • credential — that which entitles to credit, late 15c. (adj.), from M.L. credentialis, from credentia (see CREDENCE (Cf. credence)). As a noun, attested from 1756. Related: Credentialled …   Etymology dictionary

  • credential — ► NOUN 1) a qualification, achievement, etc., that gives an indication of a person s suitability for something. 2) a document or certificate proving a person s identity or qualifications. 3) a letter of introduction given by a government to an… …   English terms dictionary

  • credential — [kri den′shəl] adj. [ME credencial < ML credentialis: see CREDENCE] Rare entitling to credit, confidence, etc.; accrediting n. [usually pl.] 1. anything giving evidence that someone is entitled to or deserving of credit, confidence, etc. 2. a… …   English World dictionary

  • Credential — For the record label, see Credential Recordings. A credential is an attestation of qualification, competence, or authority issued to an individual by a third party with a relevant or de facto authority or assumed competence to do so. Examples of… …   Wikipedia

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  • Credential inflation — refers to the devaluation of educational or academic credentials over time and a corresponding decrease in the expected advantage given a degree holder in the job market. Credential inflation is thus similar to monetary inflation, and describes… …   Wikipedia

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