• WordNet 3.6
    • n credential a document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Credential Giving a title or claim to credit or confidence; accrediting. "Their credential letters on both sides."
    • Credential Testimonials showing that a person is entitled to credit, or has right to exercise official power, as the letters given by a government to an ambassador or envoy, or a certificate that one is a duly elected delegate. "The committee of estates excepted against the credentials of the English commissioners.""Had they not shown undoubted credentials from the Divine Person who sent them on such a message."
    • Credential That which gives a title to credit or confidence.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • credential Giving a title to credit or confidence.
    • n credential That which gives credit; that which gives a title or claim to confidence.
    • n credential plural Evidences of right to credence or authority; specifically, letters of credence; testimonials given to a person as the warrant on which belief, credit, or authority is claimed for him, as the letters of commendation and authorization given by a government to an ambassador or envoy, which procure for him recognition and credit at a foreign court, or the certificate and other papers showing the appointment or election of an officer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Credential giving a title to belief or credit
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  • Johann Kaspar Lavater
    “Airs of importance are the credentials of impotence.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. It. credenziale, fr. LL. credentia,. See Credence
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Low L. credentia—L. credent-, believing, pr.p. of credĕre.


In literature:

You c-can, I presume, furnish credentials as to past successes, Mr.
"The Lady Doc" by Caroline Lockhart
This volume constituted the earliest credential of his independence.
"A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles" by Sidney Lee
All the credentials in the world were going to have no influence with him.
"The U-boat hunters" by James B. Connolly
Would you care to look at our credentials, Mr.
"Damned If You Don't" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Farther out in the woods she encountered the first line of pickets; showed her credentials, then urged her horse forward at a gallop.
"Special Messenger" by Robert W. Chambers
At the opening sitting a delegation with credentials from the President of the United States attempted to join in the proceedings.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
What credentials had he?
"The Man from the Bitter Roots" by Caroline Lockhart
Arthur declined recognising his credentials, without an express sanction from the crown.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
Let's see some credentials.
"Vigorish" by Gordon Randall Garrett
I could not honor its credentials.
"The Blue Wall" by Richard Washburn Child

In poetry:

Hence and for ever from my heart
I bid my doubts and fears depart
And to those hands my soul resign
Which bear credentials so divine.
"Hymn 137" by Isaac Watts
Consistency, spread, spread thy wings!
Fly! fly! thou hast no mission here;
Fly to the land of pagan kings,
Unfurl thy bright credentials there.
"The Black Man's Wrongs" by James Madison Bell
Upon thy darksome bridge, Eternity,
I stand e'en now, dread thought!
Take, then, these joy-credentials back from me!
Unopened I return them now to thee,
Of happiness, alas, know naught!
"Resignation" by Friedrich von Schiller
One holy name bearing, no longer they need
Credentials of party, and pass-words of creed
The new song they sing hath a threefold accord,
And they own one baptism, one faith, and one Lord!
"The Quaker Alumni" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Dan Graziano, Jay Crawford, and Skip Bayless debate Jim Thome's credentials for the Hall of Fame.
Darrel's credentials are certainly Hall Of Fame worthy.
Catawba County Assistant County Manager Dewey Harris has earned the International City/County Management Association's (ICMA) Credentialed Manager designation.
'The skill of acquiring a vast personal fortune is not a credential for achieving future leadership success'.
Eleven states have been named as recipients of a grant to improve the quality of adult education and increase the number of skilled people with credentials in the work force.
After unveiling Aegis ' sector-leading 2011 growth this morning, Jerry Buhlmann claimed his group has the credentials to deal with clients at the top level and digital is making advertising less discretionary for brands.
MusicFest credentials available at All That Jazz.
Akec Khoc, South Sudan's first ambassador to the United States, presented his credentials to President Obama in July.
In the October issue of The American Journal of Clinical Chiropractic, publisher Donald Harrison, MS, DC, FICA, tackles the issue of the use of false academic credentials by DCs.
The Accredited in Public Relations ( APR ) credential is valuable to those practitioners who earn it.
While serving in Florida at a non-denominational church, the institution became credentialed with First Assemblies .
Four years ago, the Republican party was celebrating the military service and foreign policy credentials of its presidential nominee, Arizona Sen John McCain.
While Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney touts his business experience as one of his strongest credentials, rival Rick Santorum blasted it on Sunday as a drawback.
Japan's unpopular prime minister reshuffled his Cabinet yesterday, picking a woman with Beijing-friendly credentials in what commentators said signaled his hope to move past a damaging territorial row.
Observers say Saturday's vote will be a crucial test of the West African country's democratic credentials.

In science:

Outages of Gmail or Office 365 may be a nuisance or significant interruption, but, if a locker service suffers an outage, their users are effectively locked out of all other services since access to all credentials has been temporarily suspended.
KeyAuth: Bringing Public-key Authentication to the Masses
The onus of herding the mundane and tiresome details of credential security shifts from humans to software.
KeyAuth: Bringing Public-key Authentication to the Masses
D. Chaum, "Showing credentials without identification: Signatures transferred between unconditionally unlinkable pseudonyms", Advances in Cryptology — EUROCRYPT ’85, LNCS, vol. 219, pp. 241–244, Springer-Verlag, 1986.
A Revised Classification of Anonymity
There are several ways that an attacker could spoof the legitimate voting site. One way would be to send an e-mail message to a user telling that user to click on a link, which would then bring up the fake voting site. The adversary could then collect the user’ s credentials and in a sense, steal the vote.
Security Considerations for Remote Electronic Voting over the Internet
Privacy of the voter is often guaranteed only as far as the vote is recorded in the database independently of the voting credentials.
A modular eballot system - V0.6