bringing or deserving credit, honor, reputation, or esteem.

Origin of creditable

First recorded in 1520–30; credit + -able
Related formscred·it·a·ble·ness, cred·it·a·bil·i·ty, nouncred·it·a·bly, adverbnon·cred·it·a·ble, adjectivenon·cred·it·a·ble·ness, nounnon·cred·it·a·bly, adverbun·cred·it·a·ble, adjectiveun·cred·it·a·ble·ness, nounun·cred·it·a·bly, adverb
Can be confusedcredible creditable

Synonyms for creditable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for creditable

Contemporary Examples of creditable

Historical Examples of creditable

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for creditable



deserving credit, honour, etc; praiseworthy
obsolete credible
Derived Formscreditableness or creditability, nouncreditably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for creditable

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

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