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cre•den•tial



Pronunciation: (kri-den'shul), [key]
n.
1. Usually, credentials.
2. evidence of authority, status, rights, entitlement to privileges, or the like, usually in written form: Only those with the proper credentials are admitted.
3. anything that provides the basis for confidence, belief, credit, etc.

v.t.
to grant credentials to, esp. educational and professional ones: She has been credentialed to teach math.

adj.
providing the basis for confidence, belief, credit, etc.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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