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.

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Other Words from laudable

laudableness \ ˈlȯ-​də-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce laudableness (audio) \ noun
laudably \ ˈlȯ-​də-​blē How to pronounce laudably (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

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The white paper describing the vision for this new currency is filled with laudable goals such as creating economic opportunity and advancing financial inclusion. Jay L. Zagorsky, The Conversation, "Facebook claims Libra offers economic empowerment to billions – an economist is skeptical," 18 June 2019 One writer pointed out that Netflix had cast a nonbinary actor, Casey Mongillo, in the lead role of Shinji, but this laudable move had virtually gone unnoticed amid the more widespread outcry over the other changes that had been made. Aja Romano, Vox, "Netflix’s re-translation of Neon Genesis Evangelion is drawing backlash for queer erasure," 24 June 2019 Though Facebook’s initiative seems laudable on its own, US lawmakers swiftly criticized the social media giant for its continued growth, despite an ongoing antitrust probe by the House Judiciary Committee. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Facebook’s crypto presents a massive privacy problem," 20 June 2019 His new government’s laudable first promise is to follow this up by bringing safe, piped drinking water to every Indian home by 2024. The Economist, "What will Narendra Modi do in his new term as India’s prime minister?," 14 June 2019 Presidential candidate Kamala Harris’s latest bid for progressive hearts begins with a laudable ideal: Men and women should receive equal pay for equal work. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The ‘Wage Gap’ Commissars," 27 May 2019 The splurge wasn't just for the sake of a custom gown, but would benefit a laudable cause. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Carolina Herrera Gives Washington Some Real Fashion for a Change," 3 May 2019 Regardless of how laudable from a political standpoint or how appropriate from a public-relations standpoint the use of such funds is, by what authority are my clients deprived of interest on their funds? WSJ, "Pro-Bono Do-Gooding Can’t Justify Seizing Client Funds," 30 Dec. 2018 Not locking up children is a laudable and necessary goal, which runs counter to the county building a new youth detention center in Seattle, Andrews said. Ryan Blethen, The Seattle Times, "King County reaches deal to ban placing jailed juveniles in solitary confinement," 20 Aug. 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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