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[kom-uh n-dey-shuh n] /ˌkɒm ənˈdeɪ ʃən/
the act of commending; recommendation; praise:
commendation for a job well done.
something that commends, as a formal recommendation or an official citation or award:
a commendation for bravery.
Feudal Law. the placing of oneself or one's land under the protection of a lord so as to become his vassal.
commendations, Archaic. a complimentary greeting or message.
Origin of commendation
1175-1225; Middle English commendacioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin commendātiōn- (stem of commendātiō) a commending to God. See commend, -ation
Related forms
self-commendation, noun
subcommendation, noun
supercommendation, noun
1. approval, approbation, applause. 2. eulogy, encomium, panegyric, laudation.
1, 2. condemnation. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for commendation
  • It is a great pleasure to say a kind and pleasant word in commendation of their efforts.
  • He actually got a letter of commendation for the stuff he did.
  • But the detectives are unlikely to testify at trial, or receive official commendation.
  • The game's approach to cooperative play is also worthy of commendation.
  • His non confrontational foreign policy approach merits commendation and of course he would remain dear to our hearts.
  • Lunchroom behavior is based on a commendation system.
  • He deserves commendation and thanks from those who delight in seeing pictures truthfully and earnestly made.
  • One was his commendation for heroism, the other his dishonorable discharge.
  • It is no small commendation to manage a little well.
  • For every year divers be restored again to their freedom: through the commendation of their patience.
British Dictionary definitions for commendation


the act or an instance of commending; praise
an award
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Word Origin and History for commendation

"expression of approval," late 14c. (from c.1200 as the name of one of the Offices of the Dead), from Old French commendacion "approval, praise," from Latin commendationem (nominative commendatio) "recommendation, commendation," noun of action from past participle stem of commendare (see commend).

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