Definition of laudable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɔːdəb(ə)l/


(Of an action, idea, or aim) deserving praise and commendation: laudable though the aim might be, the results have been criticized
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  • Perfection is a laudable aim in sport but rarely, if ever, is it attainable.
  • Most farmers would agree that was a laudable aim, but many doubt that the ministry has the will or the wherewithal to bring it about.
  • Obviously, it's a laudable aim, but it is oddly catholic in its objectives.
praiseworthy, commendable, admirable, meritorious, worthy, deserving, creditable, worthy of admiration, estimable, of note, noteworthy, exemplary, reputable, honourable, excellent, sterling



Pronunciation: /lɔːdəˈbɪlɪti/
Example sentences
  • Notwithstanding the laudability of this goal, this isn't about the death penalty, it's about who decides the death penalty.
  • I'm not making a comment at all about the laudability of their actions.
  • Whatever the laudability of the Buddhist beliefs, or un-laudability, most westerners join up to appear cool.


Pronunciation: /ˈlɔːdəbli/
Example sentences
  • A professor of English and comparative literature at Princeton, and published by Yale, she is heaped with Ivy League credentials but laudably determined not to be stifled by them.
  • There's no shortage of government officials who think they're being laudably tough while they smother human empathy.
  • And, most laudably, I managed not to scream when I saw one.


Late Middle English: from Latin laudabilis, from laus, laud- 'praise'.

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