laudable

[law-duh-buh l]

adjective

deserving praise; praiseworthy; commendable: Reorganizing the files was a laudable idea.
Medicine/Medical Obsolete. healthy; wholesome; not noxious.

Nearby words

  1. lau lau,
  2. lauan,
  3. laud,
  4. laud, william,
  5. lauda,
  6. laudanum,
  7. laudation,
  8. laudator,
  9. laudator temporis acti,
  10. laudatory

Origin of laudable

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Latin word laudābilis. See laud, -able

Related forms
Can be confusedlaudable laudatory

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British Dictionary definitions for laudable

laudable

adjective

deserving or worthy of praise; admirable; commendable
Derived Formslaudableness or laudability, nounlaudably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for laudable

laudable

adj.

early 15c., from Old French laudable and directly from Latin laudabilis "praiseworthy," from laudare (see laud). Related: Laudably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for laudable

laudable

[lôdə-bəl]

adj.

Healthy; favorable.

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