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[preyz-wur-th ee] /ˈpreɪzˌwɜr ði/
deserving of praise; laudable:
a praiseworthy motive.
Origin of praiseworthy
First recorded in 1530-40; praise + -worthy
Related forms
praiseworthily, adverb
praiseworthiness, noun
unpraiseworthy, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for praiseworthy
Contemporary Examples
  • Shame and pride are simply not things all Jews should feel about the reprehensible and praiseworthy acts of all other Jews.

Historical Examples
  • This praiseworthy sentiment is often the cause of their ruin.

    The Industries of Animals Frdric Houssay
  • Is it only an ardent and, upon the whole, praiseworthy desire for information?

  • The only praiseworthy thing about this moral poem was that it soon got lost.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • "Threw down their guns," he repeated, as though that were a praiseworthy action.

    Lords of the North A. C. Laut
  • Now I am not of those who think it praiseworthy to be always at home.

    Girls and Women Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}
  • But Mr. Mill's argument is full of force and praiseworthy patience.

  • But what are they all, if disconnected from a praiseworthy character?

    The Young Maiden

    A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
  • She had taken a school of mackerel—that was what she had done that was praiseworthy.

    Judith Lynn Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • She had taught him to get money; that it was shrewd and praiseworthy to overreach and deceive.

    Desk and Debit Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for praiseworthy


deserving of praise; commendable
Derived Forms
praiseworthily, adverb
praiseworthiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for praiseworthy

mid-15c., from praise (v.) + worthy. Usually hyphenated until mid-19c. Related: Praiseworthiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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