cred·​it·​able ˈkre-di-tə-bəl How to pronounce creditable (audio)
: worthy of belief
a creditable report
: sufficiently good to bring esteem or praise
a creditable performance
: worthy of commercial credit
: capable of being assigned
creditability noun
creditableness noun
creditably 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
Recent Examples on the Web The first musical performance of the evening was offered by Vivant, a band of young boys that includes Homme’s son Ryder on drums, doing creditable covers of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Chris Willman, Variety, 21 Mar. 2024 Its ten-year earnings growth rate is a highly creditable 23%. John Dorfman, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Liverpool lost ground over Christmas and New Year, a couple of creditable draws and a dispiriting defeat against a weakened Leicester City casting Klopp’s team adrift. New York Times, 14 Jan. 2022 Guyana, with its new offshore oil discoveries, and the Dominican Republic, with its creditable economic performance, shine brightly in an otherwise depressing regional tableau. Jorge Heine, Foreign Affairs, 24 Aug. 2021 His administration has done a creditable job of lining up European countries; after some foot-dragging, Germany is now clearly committed to a unified approach. Martin Indyk, Foreign Affairs, 14 Feb. 2022 Also seeing significant gains were Latin America, up 70%, and Europe, with a 57% increase, versus the States’ creditable 15%. Chris Willman, Variety, 12 July 2023 The retirees’ inactive reserve service time was incorrectly counted as active-duty creditable service, which led to larger monthly paychecks. Melissa Chan, NBC News, 15 May 2023 This may be the league's only option if the virus hasn't been contained or there isn't a creditable vaccine available, but this would likely further delay the Suns from playing in Talking Stick Resort Arena that's currently under a $230-million renovation project. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 9 Aug. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of creditable was in 1594

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“Creditable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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cred·​it·​able ˈkred-ət-ə-bəl How to pronounce creditable (audio)
: good enough to deserve praise
creditability noun
creditably adverb

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