cred·​it·​able | \ ˈkre-di-tə-bəl \

Definition of creditable

1 : worthy of belief a creditable report
2 : sufficiently good to bring esteem or praise a creditable performance
3 : worthy of commercial credit
4 : capable of being assigned

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Other Words from creditable

creditability \ ˌkre-​di-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
creditableness \ ˈkre-​di-​tə-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
creditably \ ˈkre-​di-​tə-​blē \ adverb

Examples of creditable in a Sentence

a creditable effort, even if it didn't succeed completely let's look for a scientifically creditable explanation before going off into the realm of the supernatural

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Elected to the Senate in 1992, Mrs. Feinstein has produced a creditable career. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "What Democrats Have Become," 19 Sep. 2018 Ty alerted the lifeguard, who after questioning him and finding his story to be creditable, reacted and saved the young man’s life. Naperville Sun, "Letters to the Editor: Time for moderate views to take center stage, too many anti-Trump opinions in paper, more," 6 July 2018 There, employees can apply unused sick time to creditable service for the purpose of calculating pension payouts., "Should Massachusetts cap sick time for state workers?," 29 June 2018 For there to be an admirable winner, there must also be creditable losers. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "In Formula 1, you have to be amazing just to be average," 26 June 2018 Hutchinson, a creditable runner himself (though his career never came close to matching Jurek’s), spends long passages puzzling over the mysteries of his own peak performances and dissecting his failures. Paul Bisceglio, The Atlantic, "The Wisdom of Running a 2,189-Mile Marathon," 13 May 2018 Despite the losses of Vrsaljko and Simeone, Atletico salvaged a creditable 1-1 draw as Antoine Griezmann cancelled out Alexandre Lacazette's opener., "UEFA Confirm Touchline Ban for Diego Simeone Ahead of Europa League Second Leg Against Arsenal," 28 Apr. 2018 In addition, the board noted that Germany -- as the third largest music market in the world -- will continue to need a creditable music award to honor the work of musicians across all genres and generations. Wolfgang Spahr, Billboard, "Germany to Discontinue ECHO Awards, the Country's Top Music Prize, After Anti-Semitic Lyric Backlash," 25 Apr. 2018 Research national accreditations and college knowledgeable referrals and personal recommendations from creditable sources whenever possible. San Diego Elder Law Center,, "CHECKLIST: Choosing a home care agency," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of creditable

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of creditable

: good enough to be praised


cred·​it·​able | \ ˈkre-də-tə-bəl \

Kids Definition of creditable

: good enough to deserve praise They made a creditable attempt to clean up.

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