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

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Regardless of how laudable from a political standpoint or how appropriate from a public-relations standpoint the use of such funds is, by what authority are my clients deprived of interest on their funds? WSJ, "Pro-Bono Do-Gooding Can’t Justify Seizing Client Funds," 30 Dec. 2018 Not locking up children is a laudable and necessary goal, which runs counter to the county building a new youth detention center in Seattle, Andrews said. Ryan Blethen, The Seattle Times, "King County reaches deal to ban placing jailed juveniles in solitary confinement," 20 Aug. 2018 Get our daily newsletter A BLP government completed the south-coast sewage system in 2003, in a laudable attempt to control pollution. The Economist, "Barbados’s mucky election," 24 May 2018 That Comey isn’t railroading obscure black ministers in Virginia while letting rich white celebrities off the hook in Connecticut is surely laudable. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "James Comey isn’t the hero we deserve. But he’s the hero we need," 18 Apr. 2018 This may sound laudable, and in keeping with Ms. Warren’s antipathy for plutocrats. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "Elizabeth Warren’s Money Game," 3 Jan. 2019 But giving back property, while laudable, is only the beginning. Solomon Jones,, "How Philly can restore black communities torn apart by criminalized crack addiction | Solomon Jones," 21 Mar. 2018 The tech-entrepreneur galaxy brains behind various (laudable) clean energy investment schemes would do well to study it. David Roberts, Vox, "What made solar panels so cheap? Thank government policy.," 20 Nov. 2018 In no way does this diminish your laudable efforts, Kim. Michael Harriot, The Root, "A Thank-You Letter to Kim Kardashian for Proving White Privilege Is Real," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of laudable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of laudable

somewhat formal : deserving praise

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a strong desire or propensity

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