com·men·da·tion | \ ˌkä-mən-ˈdā-shən , -ˌmen- \

Definition of commendation 

1a : an act of commending

b : something (such as a formal citation) that commends

2 archaic : compliment

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Examples of commendation in a Sentence

Their hard work deserves commendation. The President issued a commendation praising the volunteers for their exceptional work during the relief effort.

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Turpin exhibits impressive skills when dealing with the public, which is proven by the numerous notes, cards and commendations sent in from citizens commending his courtesy and professionalism while enforcing laws, LaChasse added. Joyce Rudolph,, "Community: Entities prove service to community is top priority," 27 Mar. 2018 Christian Daly, assistant field deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, presented the co-chairs and Hillsides with County of Los Angeles commendations. Jane Napier Neely,, "The Valley Line: ‘La Nuit des Rêves’ raises more than $400,000 for Hillsides’ work with children, families," 12 Mar. 2018 Here’s the back story according to Bervine, who notes that Galanti was SEPTA’s 2012 Officer of the Year and has received two commendations of merit: In 2015, K-9 officers were directed to update their uniforms and wear the same-style jackets. Stu Bykofsky,, "The story behind a SEPTA cop and K-9's separation | Stu Bykofsky," 9 Apr. 2018 Dockery’s defense attorney, Hugh Keefe of New Haven, told the judge on Thursday that Dockery served 24 years in the Army Reserve and made multiple deployments and earned a variety of medals and commendations. David Owens,, "Former Correction Officer, Army Reservist Avoids Prison For Stealing From State," 26 June 2018 However, his personnel file contained several commendations as well. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wauwatosa cop who punched teen at Mayfair was suspended three times before, records show," 26 June 2018 Department officials gave Valencia an award of commendation, according to his personnel file, obtained through a public records request. Gal Tziperman Lotan,, "Injured officer got award for stopping runaway truck, records show," 21 June 2018 Kennedy was one of more than two dozen officers to receive recognition that included other lifesaving awards, unit commendations and chief’s achievements. Peter Marteka, Courant Community, "Glastonbury Police Recognized For Excellence, Heroism On The Job," 30 May 2018 TechGrit's Anthony Margida also received a commendation for his ongoing volunteer leadership efforts as LaunchTown Leadership Chair. Justin Madden,, "300-gallon spill closes portion of I-480, police say," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of commendation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of commendation

: the act of praising or approving of someone or something

: something (such as an official letter) that praises someone publicly


com·men·da·tion | \ ˌkä-mən-ˈdā-shən \

Kids Definition of commendation

2 : an expression of approval The worker's supervisor wrote her a commendation.

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