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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
And while shedding a few pounds or stashing away some extra cash are laudable achievements, cleveland.com wants to know what New Year's resolutions will be contributing to the greater good.
The intention is clearly laudable, but government efforts to regulate speech are corrosive to the First Amendment.
Gammie says that approach is laudable but that NIH wants to take a more experimental approach.
Protecting children from overexposure to the sun while on playgrounds is indeed a laudable notion.
Luciano Spalletti has done a laudable job as Inter's new coach this season as his side are topping the Serie A table and still unbeaten.
But, as Philip Mattera wrote: Looked at in a broader context, the hurricane relief efforts of Wal-Mart, while mostly laudable, come across as somewhat less than heroic.
While seeking efficiency and reducing unnecessary expenditures in state government is laudable and necessary, cutting it back to a bare minimum is not the answer to all the state's financial problems.
Democratic self-determination seems a laudable principle.
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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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