Credence means truthfulness, or believability. A video of a funnel cloud entering Central Park would give credence to rumors of a tornado in Manhattan.

Generally, credence is given to an idea or topic by something else. You'll see it often coming after words like lend, give, and impart. When something is given credence, it is made more believable. But it can also be used like this: Mary talked a lot about the poltergeist in her house. To most, her story had little credence, but I like a good ghost story, and so, decided to believe.

Definitions of credence
  1. noun
    the mental attitude that something is believable and should be accepted as true
    “he gave credence to the gossip”
    synonyms: acceptance
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    a submissive mental attitude resulting from acceptance of the doctrine that everything that happens is predetermined and inevitable
    an acceptance (as of a claim) as true and valid
    type of:
    attitude, mental attitude
    a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways
  2. noun
    a kind of sideboard or buffet
    synonyms: credenza
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    type of:
    buffet, counter, sideboard
    a piece of furniture that stands at the side of a dining room; has shelves and drawers
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