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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
Durant said that progress is laudable, and Saturday's rally was held in part to celebrate victories like women's gains in fields traditionally dominated by men.
The positives Some aspects of the job are indeed laudable for the ways in which ODOT has improved landscaping and public amenities along its route, which stretches from Lake Avenue at West Boulevard east to the Main Avenue Bridge.
More partisan palaver, far from courageous, far from laudable.
Most reporters these days think of objectivity as a laudable but abstract goal.
The test can only achieve that laudable purpose if the student meaningfully takes part in the test by attempting to answer all of its questions to the best of the student’s ability.
President Trump is making an important and laudable effort to reverse this trend.
Broadening access to fast, reliable Internet to more people is a laudable goal.
The concept behind the office, helping businesses cut through red tape, is laudable.
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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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