Definition of creditable in US English:



  • (of a performance, effort, or action) deserving public acknowledgment and praise but not necessarily outstanding or successful.

    ‘a very creditable 2–4 defeat’
    • ‘All these initiatives are praiseworthy and creditable to the new and youthful management team.’
    • ‘We also express our gratitude to the media who were quickly on the scene and gave creditable coverage of the calamity.’
    • ‘The pairs enjoyed a mixed bag of results, with three wins and creditable performances in their close losses.’
    • ‘It just kind of seeps out with things that are said in passing, as if there were no other possible view, let alone a creditable one.’
    • ‘There are four very creditable designs (particularly as it's their first show).’
    • ‘The club did the county proud by coming a creditable third.’
    • ‘The club finished a very creditable fifth out of eleven teams and narrowly failed to qualify for the finals.’
    • ‘Given the current state of the advertising market, this seems a creditable performance.’
    • ‘The police have made good progress recently in the battle against crime. They are doing a creditable job.’
    • ‘She then received patriarchal permission to pursue kinship with offspring of creditable lineage!’
    • ‘There was an explanation - not creditable, but rational - for the disappearances.’
    • ‘Racing against some of the best horses in the world, he once again ran a cracker to finish a very creditable fifth.’
    • ‘The film is a creditable effort to tell an African story from the point of view of an African.’
    • ‘After each labor he would come home tired, but feeling that he had done a creditable day's work.’
    • ‘It was smoothly run and the Japanese, in particular, made a creditable on-field contribution.’
    • ‘This was an especially creditable effort because his two previous wins had been over longer distances.’
    • ‘After some days of heavy rains, the conditions were not ideal but both sides put in creditable performances.’
    • ‘The country and the citizen will give credit to the government for what are clearly creditable attainments.’
    • ‘However, Amy still made the final and came a very creditable fourth.’
    • ‘She makes a creditable effort at interpreting the manifest and manifold mysteries of her subject's motivations.’
    commendable, praiseworthy, laudable, admirable, honourable, estimable, meritorious, exceptional, exemplary, noteworthy, notable, worthy, up to the mark, deserving, respectable, reputable, sterling
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