laud·able | \ ˈlȯ-də-bəl \

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 \ noun
laudably \ˈlȯ-də-blē \ 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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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s laudable attempt to warn of the dangers of fireworks may have backfired when his PSA video instead showcased a fun use for the mini-explosives -- igniting fruit. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Los Angeles mayor's fireworks warning proves lethal -- to a watermelon, anyway," 4 July 2018 Meghan will have to balance her laudable desire to use her royal status to make the world a better place, with the discretion—or neutrality, almost—that is an inescapable part of the job. Daisy Goodwin, Time, "How Meghan Markle Is Giving the Royal Family the Shake-Up It Needs," 17 May 2018 Rosenstein’s call for national unity against a threat to American civic life is laudable. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Truth Without Consequences," 13 July 2018 While this may be a laudable social goal, it cannot be characterized in any sense as a productive investment with a potential future return. WSJ, "Boosting Industry Isn’t Trump’s Sole Trade Goal," 11 July 2018 The Swedish government attempts to provide equal work opportunities for both sexes, which is laudable. Erica Komisar, WSJ, "The Human Cost of Sweden’s Welfare State," 11 July 2018 And this discussion about the demographic makeup of film critics is laudable and necessary. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The real reason we need more diversity in film criticism," 22 June 2018 But his laudable case for the intelligence community does not dwell on the things the community has gotten wrong, from the fall of the Soviet Union to 9/11 to Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Matthew Continetti, New York Times, "Former C.I.A. Head Michael Hayden Warns of an ‘Assault on Intelligence’," 3 May 2018 While getting China to play by the rules is a laudable goal, focusing on the trade deficit makes little economic sense, and both goals are unlikely to be achieved, at least not soon. Mark Zandi,, "In today's global economy, nobody wins a trade war | Opinion," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of laudable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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: deserving praise

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