- 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
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Examples from the Web for commendation
The governor was defiant, saying Obama “earned” his commendation.Obama Escapes Scandals in New Jersey, but What’s in It for Christie?
May 29, 2013
In a civilized world, I would have received a commendation of some sort.Turn Off Your Damn Cellphones
May 16, 2013
Perhaps he thought of Rahab who hid the spies, and received a commendation for it.
You ask for what you do not need when you call upon me for a word of commendation.
He, no doubt, expected to be welcomed in the warmest terms of commendation.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
This was his commendation, from hour to hour; it made up the litany of his gratitude for what she had been to him.
She was no longer a pretty girl, a nice girl, as the commendation went.
- the act or an instance of commending; praise
- an award
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).