Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Deserving commendation; praiseworthy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Worthy of being lauded; praiseworthy; commendable; as, laudable motives; laudable actions; laudable ambition.
  • adj. Healthy; salubrious; normal; having a disposition to promote healing; not noxious; as, laudable juices of the body; laudable pus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Worthy of being lauded; praiseworthy; commendable
  • adj. Healthy; salubrious; normal; having a disposition to promote healing; not noxious

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To be lauded; praiseworthy; commendable: as, laudable motives; laudable actions.
  • In pathology, healthy; salubrious; natural.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. worthy of high praise

Etymologies

laud +‎ -able (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Also laudable is the fact that someone famous owned up to her own difficulty with substance abuse.

    Weekly Mishmash: January 25-31 : Scrubbles.net

  • When I pointed out to him that countries such as Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea have accomplished many of the things that he himself identified as laudable, yet had not changed their scripts, he seemed entirely unmoved.

    Haroon Moghul: The Revolutionary Fashion Police: What Not to Wear When Egypt's Government Goes Down

  • In any other sense they are clear cases of Petitio Principii, since the word laudable, and the idea of boasting, imply principles of conduct; and practical maxims can only be proved from speculative truths, namely, from the properties of the subject-matter, and can not, therefore, be employed to prove those properties.

    A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive

  • Verges's tale is also a story of the mutation of the terror zeitgeist, from what many would call the laudable struggle of the Algerian people to the decadent terror-chic of Carlos and Magdelena Kopp ....

    GreenCine Daily: Cannes. Terror's Advocate.

  • Oh, those textual scholars, with their "laudable" by which I mean, sweetly pathetic devotion to a "scientifically pure" text!

    Ferule & Fescue

  • While the commissioners "stay of enforcement was rooted in" laudable "intentions allowing the products" sale for two more years, it "does not and cannot end the ban on these vehicles," said several industry trade groups, including the Coalition for Safe and Responsible ATV Use and the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America.

    CPSC to Allow Youth ATV Sales

  • PS Sorry about the laughable misreading of "laudable"!

    Dennis Kucinich: Standing Tall in the House as Cheney Impeachment Bill Advances

  • Given Borat's mass appeal, ads that recite the kind of laudable but dull facts you find in "special advertising sections" are not enough.

    Kazakhstan Versus BoratKazakhastan Vs. Borat

  • But that brief does not deny the importance of racial diversity in student bodies — on the contrary, it declares that it is "laudable" for universities to do all they can to ensure "that student bodies are experientially diverse and broadly representative of the public."

    The Court and the University

  • Jacobs congratulated the schools saying they have shown "laudable" improvements in spite of the less than ideal conditions in which they function.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

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