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[wur-th ee] /ˈwɜr ði/
adjective, worthier, worthiest.
having adequate or great merit, character, or value:
a worthy successor.
of commendable excellence or merit; deserving:
a book worthy of praise; a person worthy to lead.
noun, plural worthies.
a person of eminent worth, merit, or position:
The town worthies included two doctors.
Origin of worthy
1175-1225; Middle English; see worth1, -y1
Related forms
worthily, adverb
worthiness, noun
preworthily, adverb
preworthiness, noun
preworthy, adjective
2. meritorious, worthwhile, estimable, excellent, exemplary, righteous, upright, honorable. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for worthiness
  • The suggestion test's high threshold makes patent-worthiness difficult to achieve.
  • Benefits do result by having to justify a project's worthiness.
  • My main point is absolutely germane to the news worthiness of the article.
  • It is a mortal sin to use the tax word irrespective of the cause or worthiness of the need.
  • In businesses, there isn't an absolute standard for qualified and worthiness.
  • In regards to worthiness of corn ethanol, your right, it is not a worthy long term answer.
  • Central to this endeavor is the acknowledgement of your own worthiness.
  • Players are listed in relative order of fantasy-worthiness.
  • The worthiness of the liberated was as precious to him as liberation.
  • It says those at the top must prove their worthiness to rule.
British Dictionary definitions for worthiness


adjective -thier, -thiest
(postpositive; often foll by of or an infinitive) having sufficient merit or value (for something or someone specified); deserving
having worth, value, or merit
noun (pl) -thies
(often facetious) a person of distinguished character, merit, or importance
Derived Forms
worthily, adverb
worthiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for worthiness



mid-13c., "having merit," from worth (n.) + -y (2). Old English had weorþful in this sense. Attested from c.1300 as a noun meaning "person of merit" (especially in Nine Worthies, famous men of history and legend: Joshua, David, Judas Maccabæus, Hector, Alexander, Julius Cæsar, Arthur, Charlemagne, Godfrey of Bouillon -- three Jews, three gentiles, three Christians).

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