American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Serving to commend.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Serving to commend; presenting to favorable notice or reception; containing approval, praise, or recommendation: as, a commendatory letter.
- Holding a benefice in commendam: as, a commendatory bishop.
- Held in commendam. See commendam.
- n. A commendation; a eulogy.
- n. One who holds a benefice in commendam.
- n. See commendam.
- n. Also commendatary.
GNU Webster's 1913
- commend + -atory (Wiktionary)
“St. Andrews); he was also "commendatory" abbot of important monasteries both in Scotland and England.”
“One and all, the professors, the preachers, and the editors, hold their jobs by serving the Plutocracy, and their service consists of propagating only such ideas as are either harmless to or commendatory of the Plutocracy.”
“The LDS situation seems pretty weak, too – the references to social justice are pretty rare, and not all that commendatory.”
“It is not in my power, and I hope it is not in my nature to dictate, but I do certainly know Sir that the entire omission of every thing of that tendency would give the majority, if not every reader a fresh interest in the history of the poem, and the commendatory notes from”
“Though each had written to me commendatory letters and telegrams that were far more generous than I could possibly deserve, yet neither ever expressed to me, verbally, any compliment beyond, “Well, so far, you seem to be doing alright.””
“The good-ought tie-up rests on an ambiguity in the concept of ought, which may be interpreted either in a commendatory sense or in a prescriptive sense.”
“The good-ought tie-up works for the commendatory use of”
“As with his earlier review of MARIO BAVA ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK, Steve is wonderfully enthusiastic and commendatory about the book itself "a brilliant dissection of the collaborative creative process at work, hence of interest to anyone who is either a creator themselves or eager to understand the creative process" and his review is one that any writer would be pleased to receive.”
“For as Plutarch saith,  They will be witnesses and trumpeters of their paramours 'good parts, bedecking them with verses and commendatory songs, as we do statues with gold, that they may be remembered and admired of all.”
“I am much disposed to believe, that by “slow bellies” St. Paul understood voluptuous men and gross feeders — a kind of priors, canons, and abbots-commendatory — rich prelates, who lay in bed all the morning to recover from the excesses of the evening, as Marot observes in his eighty-sixth epigram in regard to a fat prior, who lay in bed and fondled his grandson while his partridges were preparing;”
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