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1    acceptance or belief, esp. with regard to the truth of the evidence of others  
I cannot give credence to his account     
2    something supporting a claim to belief; recommendation; credential (esp. in the phrase letters of credence)  
3       short for       credence table  
     (C14: from Medieval Latin credentia trust, credit, from Latin credere to believe)  

credence table  
1    a small sideboard, originally one at which food was tasted for poison before serving  
2      (Christianity)   a small table or ledge on which the bread, wine, etc., are placed before being consecrated in the Eucharist  
letters of credence   , letters credential  
      pl n   a formal document accrediting a diplomatic officer to a foreign court or government  
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acceptance, assurance, belief, certainty, confidence, credit, dependence, faith, reliance, trust  

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