Definitions

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  • n. The state or quality of having value or merit.
  • n. The result or product of having value or merit.
  • n. The state or quality of being qualified or eligible.
  • n. The result or product of being qualified or eligible.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being worthy; desert; merit; excellence; dignity; virtue; worth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being worthy; honor; excellence; dignity; virtue; merit; desert.
  • n. Synonyms See worth, n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality or state of having merit or value

Etymologies

worthy +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • To add insult to injury, circulation of "Tragedy of the Commons," which slams muni credit-worthiness, is tightly controlled.

    Overheard: Muni Skewer

  • Those of us who reject outright the idea that our worthiness is to be found in our genes (or our jeans) must therefore make our case, again and again -- and primarily to ourselves.

    Archive 2009-10-01

  • His expressed doubt of the music’s worthiness is to be ignored; the score is fantastic.

    Blog De Ganz | Archive | June

  • This product, sold more widely in Europe than the U.S., was little-understood, with much of the risk related to market movements, not credit-worthiness, which is the main factor used by the Moody's Corp. unit and other ratings firms to determine a bond's rating.

    New Debt Products Test Moody's Methods

  • The sense of class worthiness, that is to say of status, of a honorific differentiation of the sexes according to a distinction between superior and inferior intellectual dignity, survives in a vigorous form in these corporations of the aristocracy of learning.

    The theory of the leisure class; an economic study of institutions

  • The 21-year-old came across as arrogant in Hollywood, particularly when making prospective group members audition for him to prove their worthiness, which isn't a great move unless he has the goods to back that up.

    msnbc.com: Top msnbc.com headlines

  • One reason I see for this occurrence is the libtards who want to ban guns and hunting have us running scared and the powers-that-be in the shooting community have developed this "cult of safety" (to show our "worthiness" to keep the hunting/shooting tradition) whereby every person that makes a mistake, no matter the degree, deserves excommunication from our church/religion.

    Illinois Hunter Killed By Friend In Bowhunting Accident

  • I am an animator, so don't try and tell me abut film "worthiness".

    Disney’s Rapunzel Retitled Tangled | /Film

  • From participating in the anti-war effort during the Vietnam era to helping to fight the "war on poverty" in the inner cities and rural areas of America, my notion of "worthiness" revolved more around the doing or experiencing of something of value than it did the having.

    Alex Pattakos: Good-Bye 2009: Reflecting On Meaningful Values And Goals

  • Or because someone else created something of great value and chose to give it to the receipient, which is a prefectly just thing to do whatever we think of the "worthiness" of the recipient - it's their money to do with as they please.

    Ethics and IQ, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

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