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[kred-i-tuh-buh l] /ˈkrɛd ɪ tə bəl/
bringing or deserving credit, honor, reputation, or esteem.
Origin of creditable
First recorded in 1520-30; credit + -able
Related forms
creditableness, creditability, noun
creditably, adverb
noncreditable, adjective
noncreditableness, noun
noncreditably, adverb
uncreditable, adjective
uncreditableness, noun
uncreditably, adverb
Can be confused
credible, creditable.
praiseworthy, meritorious, estimable, honorable. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for creditable
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  • Under fire you said a most courageous, womanly, creditable thing.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Jacob offered to leave the price to be named by any creditable watchmaker.

  • The Editor made a step forward, bowed with creditable steadiness.

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad
  • When the French police make a search, they do so with a creditable thoroughness.

    The White Lie William Le Queux
  • But I happened to know that the circumstances on her side were not creditable.

    'Charge It' Irving Bacheller
  • An odd thing is that intelligence is usually supposed to be creditable.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
British Dictionary definitions for creditable


deserving credit, honour, etc; praiseworthy
(obsolete) credible
Derived Forms
creditableness, creditability, noun
creditably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for creditable

1520s, from credit + -able. Related: Creditably; creditability.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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