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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 of laudable from the Web
The overarching and laudable purpose of the show is to establish fashion as a part of modern design.
Increasing the opportunity of those with a criminal past to lead productive lives is a laudable goal.
While the film may have laudable goals, getting the science wrong simply confuses the issues and infuriates those who might otherwise be supportive.
Jared Leto, whose earnest determinedness to be a Serious Actor should be laudable but somehow is always just painfully cringeworthy, brought his trademark extra-ness to his role as Blade Runner 2049’s blind villain, Niander Wallace.
The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal both turned in laudable examples of the art form.
That would be a laudable result even apart from the constitutional concerns with the status quo.
Most conservationists find these efforts laudable, heroic even.
Their example certainly helped inspire hope in dark times, and dissent against tyranny is laudable in and of itself.
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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.
First Known Use of laudable
Synonymsapplaudable, commendable, creditable, estimable, admirable, meritorious, praiseworthy
Antonymscensurable, discreditable, illaudable, reprehensible
Related Wordsdeserving, worthy; awesome, distinctive, distinguished, excellent, heady, honorable, impressive, noteworthy, noticeable, outstanding, redoubtable, reputable, respectable; invaluable, precious, priceless, valuable; delightful, enjoyable, pleasing, satisfying; ethical, good, high-minded, moral, noble, principled
Near Antonymsbase, contemptible, deplorable, despicable, detestable, dirty, infamous, lousy, nasty, notorious, pitiable, pitiful, scabby, scummy, scurvy, sorry, unlikable, unworthy, vile, worthless, wretched; disgraceful, dishonorable, disreputable, ignominious, low, mean, scandalous, seamy, shady, shameful, shocking, sordid, unethical, unsavory
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