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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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 The hopes for peace and disarmament are understandable and laudable, and Trump clearly believes that Kim has committed in a real way to achieve the denuclearization that has been sought but never achieved. Jon Wolfsthal, The New Republic, "What Just Happened?," 12 June 2018 The institute is a master at promoting legislation that looks unassuming, even laudable, on its surface while keeping its right-wing fangs sheathed. Michael Hiltzik,, "How a right-wing group's proposed 'free speech' law aims to undermine free speech on campus," 30 May 2018 The best schools, a successful corporate climb, charitable good works and distinguished service awards are impressive and laudable, but not necessarily newsworthy to a global audience. William Mcdonald, New York Times, "From the Death Desk: Why Most Obituaries Are Still of White Men," 8 Mar. 2018 However laudable her intentions, many of her reforms were polarising, technically flawed and unpopular. The Economist, "BelloThe bumpy road ahead of Sebastián Piñera," 8 Mar. 2018 This formal repudiation of a shameful precedent is laudable and long overdue. Jill Tucker,, "1944 Korematsu opinion on Japanese American internment is tossed out," 26 June 2018 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

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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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