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 laudable (audio) \ noun
laudably \ ˈlȯ-​də-​blē How to pronounce laudable (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
Recent Examples on the Web The intent of the new regulations is laudable and fully supported by donation and transplant professionals. David C. Mulligan, STAT, "CMS’s new rules on organ donation and transplantation ‘will bring chaos’," 23 Nov. 2020 South African health minister Zweli Mkhize said that his aim is to see 67% of the country's 60 million people vaccinated by the end of 2021, a goal that many health experts say is laudable but unrealistic. Andrew Meldrum, ajc, "Africa exceeds 3 million COVID-19 cases, 30% in South Africa," 10 Jan. 2021 The impulse to recite a blessing upon receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is a laudable one. Laura E. Adkins,, "What blessing should be said for vaccine? Rabbis offer guidance," 23 Dec. 2020 Despite the laudable efforts by the administration to curb climate change, Line 3 is the climate elephant in the room. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Which books to teach, student loans, marijuana legalization, Enbridge Line 3, COVID-19," 29 Dec. 2020 The ambition of Docter’s world building is laudable. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Soul Is Another Cerebral Winner From Pixar," 25 Dec. 2020 But the laudable speed with which COVID vaccines have been developed will also give some pause. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Don't look to Facebook, social media for COVID-19 vaccine information," 9 Dec. 2020 In a laudable example of graceful restraint, CBS refused to show the injury twice. Paul Daugherty, USA TODAY, "Opinion: The Cincinnati Bengals owe quarterback Joe Burrow better than this," 23 Nov. 2020 Much of it was justified, and over the past year the platforms made some laudable, if overdue, improvements. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "Trump Broke the Internet. Can Joe Biden Fix It?," 7 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of laudable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Laudable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of laudable

somewhat formal : deserving praise

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