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[law-duh-buh l] /ˈlɔ də bəl/
deserving praise; praiseworthy; commendable:
Reorganizing the files was a laudable idea.
Medicine/Medical Obsolete. healthy; wholesome; not noxious.
Origin of laudable
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin laudābilis. See laud, -able
Related forms
laudability, laudableness, noun
laudably, adverb
unlaudable, adjective
unlaudableness, noun
unlaudably, adverb
Can be confused
laudable, laudatory. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for laudable
  • While you may believe your comment to laudable, it is nothing more than a flagrant display of your ignorance.
  • Also the laudable objective was to restore a natural habitat for many other bird species and this is working well.
  • While our current interest in diversity is laudable, colleges rarely think of disability when they tout diversity.
  • Spending a year in graduate school is surely more laudable than buying an expensive sports car.
  • Tenure is laudable when inducting professors of merit.
  • laudable as that mission sounds, not every wildlife conservationist has embraced it.
  • The goals of education that you think people should aspire to are laudable.
  • And she determined within herself to make this laudable attempt.
  • All of which was laudable, if hardly tabloid fodder.
  • Wendy's commitment is laudable, but unverifiable unless its sources go along with it, allowing complete access to visitors.
British Dictionary definitions for laudable


deserving or worthy of praise; admirable; commendable
Derived Forms
laudableness, laudability, noun
laudably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for laudable

early 15c., from Old French laudable and directly from Latin laudabilis "praiseworthy," from laudare (see laud). Related: Laudably.

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laudable in Medicine

laudable laud·a·ble (lô'də-bəl)
Healthy; favorable.

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