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.

Other Words from laudable

laudableness \ ˈlȯ-​də-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce laudable (audio) \ noun
laudably \ ˈlȯ-​də-​blē How to pronounce laudable (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 Zink, like Batuman, is unwilling to construct an elaborate plot for the purposes of readerly satisfaction—surely a laudable resistance. Claire Messud, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 Vehicle production and delivery figures held steady, a laudable achievement given numerous manufacturing headwinds. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2022 That sounds laudable enough, and for extreme cases like hate speech or suicide-hotline advice, the training assumptions may be straightforward ones. New York Times, 12 Apr. 2022 Guided by Syd’s laudable ear and angelic voice, Broken Hearts Club succeeds in sewing a narrative of love grown and wilted. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, 8 Apr. 2022 This reflects not just a laudable concern to reduce inequality but also a feeling that the fruits of growth are poisoned, encouraging unhealthy consumerist lifestyles and, worse, causing the climate crisis. Ruy Teixeira, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 Critics of the proposal call its equity goals laudable, long overdue and something the city should prioritize. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Mar. 2022 Despite laudable intentions, Rock Hall inductions have often been as much a source of controversy as celebration. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, 17 Mar. 2022 Up close, the focus on safety and experimenting ‘‘when the stakes are very low’’ is laudable. New York Times, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 21 May. 2022.

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