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laudable

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adjective laud·able \ˈlȯ-də-bəl\

Simple Definition of laudable

  • : deserving praise

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of laudable

  1. :  worthy of praise :  commendable

laudableness

play \ˈlȯ-də-bəl-nəs\ noun

laudably

play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of laudable in a sentence

  1. Improving the schools is a laudable goal.

  2. <you showed laudable restraint in dealing with that ridiculously demanding customer>



Did You Know?

Both "laudable" and "laudatory" derive ultimately from Latin laud- or laus, meaning "praise." "Laudable" and "laudatory" differ in meaning, however, and usage commentators warn against using them interchangeably. Laudable means "deserving praise" or "praiseworthy," as in "laudable efforts to help the disadvantaged." Laudatory means "giving praise" or "expressing praise," as in "a laudatory book review." People occasionally use "laudatory" in place of "laudable," but this use is not considered standard.

15th Century

First Known Use of laudable

15th century

Rhymes with laudable



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