credence - vocabulary

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credence - noun

Acceptance as true or valid; belief.
A letter found in 1991 by State Archivist David Olson lends credence to another more direct theory [on the origin of “Tar Heels”]. A letter from Maj. Joseph Engelhard describes a fight involving men from North Carolina in which Lee was heard to have said, "There they stand as if they have tar on their heels."
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