[law-duh-buh l]


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

Origin of laudable

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Latin word laudābilis. See laud, -able
Related formslaud·a·bil·i·ty, laud·a·ble·ness, nounlaud·a·bly, adverbun·laud·a·ble, adjectiveun·laud·a·ble·ness, nounun·laud·a·bly, adverb
Can be confusedlaudable laudatory Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for laudable



deserving or worthy of praise; admirable; commendable
Derived Formslaudableness or laudability, nounlaudably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for laudable

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

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Medicine definitions for laudable




Healthy; favorable.
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