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1. Of sufficient worth for: creditworthy.
2. Suitable or safe for: crashworthy.

[From worthy.]
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(ˈwɜr ði)

adj. -thi•er, -thi•est, adj.
1. having adequate or great merit, character, or value: a worthy successor.
2. of commendable excellence or merit; deserving; meritorious: an effort worthy of praise.
3. a person of eminent worth, merit, or position.
wor′thi•ly, adv.
wor′thi•ness, n.


a combining form of worthy, used with the meanings “deserving of, fit for” (newsworthy; trustworthy), “capable of travel in or on” (roadworthy; seaworthy) the thing specified by the initial element.
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