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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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 Yet your columnist’s day at the museum mainly showed how resistant to such laudable efforts Americans are. The Economist, "The primeval tribalism of American politics," 24 May 2018 There have also been laudable efforts – such as Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign and UEFA’s Equal Game initiative – to promote inclusive attitudes towards gay footballers., "Twenty Years After Losing Justin Fashanu, Is English Football Finally Ready to Accept Gay Players?," 9 May 2018 The longer-term goals are laudable, but the company seems to seriously underestimate the difficulty of reaching lunar ice, harvesting it under extremely cold conditions, and producing propellant from ice. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "A Japanese company has announced a long-term plan to develop the Moon," 26 Sep. 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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