[ kuh-men-duh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ kəˈmɛn dəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /


serving to commend; approving; praising.
holding a benefice in commendam.
held in commendam.

Origin of commendatory

1545–55; < Late Latin commendātōrius, equivalent to commendā(re) to commend + -tōrius -tory1

Related forms

non·com·men·da·to·ry, adjectivesub·com·mend·a·to·ry, adjectiveun·com·mend·a·to·ry, adjective

Can be confused

commendable commendatory Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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