laud·​able | \ ˈlȯ-də-bəl How to pronounce laudable (audio) \

Definition of laudable

: worthy of praise : commendable She has shown a laudable devotion to her children.

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Other Words from laudable

laudableness \ ˈlȯ-​də-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce laudableness (audio) \ noun
laudably \ ˈlȯ-​də-​blē How to pronounce laudably (audio) \ adverb

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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.

Examples of laudable in a Sentence

Improving the schools is a laudable goal. you showed laudable restraint in dealing with that ridiculously demanding customer
Recent Examples on the Web When raising more than one child, maintaining a sense of fairness is a laudable goal—but an often challenging one. Cheryl Winokur Munk, WSJ, "Should Parents Try to Spend the Same Amount of Money on Each Child?," 14 Feb. 2020 When smoking rates increase, millions more parents will fail to achieve this laudable goal. K.n.c., The Economist, "Open Future We can harness peer pressure to uphold social values," 7 Feb. 2020 That’s a laudable goal but is easier said than done. Chris Hughes | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Jeremy Corbyn Is Coming for Your Old Profits," 21 Nov. 2019 Fitbit’s wrist devices celebrated — with a light buzz and a flashing display — what some fitness experts thought was an arbitrary if laudable goal: walking or running 10,000 steps in a day. Adam Satariano, New York Times, "Google to Buy Fitbit for $2.1 Billion," 1 Nov. 2019 But their laudable efforts are not enough to prevent Inherit the Viper from being as numbing as the drugs the Conley family peddles. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Inherit the Viper': Film Review," 9 Jan. 2020 The imperative to develop new programs and find new students in order to increase access to a world-class education seems laudable. Katerina Manoff, The Atlantic, "How They (Online Graduate Programs) Get You," 14 Aug. 2019 The initiative, however laudable, is just the tip of the iceberg. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Artworks by women are in short supply at Baltimore museums. Here’s why.," 10 Dec. 2019 That is not meant to minimize the laudable efforts the NBA has made to promote diversity, empower its employees to speak freely, champion gender equity and support gay rights. Jerry Brewer, The Denver Post, "Brewer: It took an uncomfortably long time, but Adam Silver got it right on NBA and China," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of laudable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Laudable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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somewhat formal : deserving praise

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