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[law-duh-buh l]
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  1. deserving praise; praiseworthy; commendable: Reorganizing the files was a laudable idea.
  2. Medicine/Medical Obsolete. healthy; wholesome; not noxious.
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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
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  • The author has laudably made his submission and reprobated his work.

  • The authors of the period were laudably accurate in following its fashions.

    Quentin Durward

    Sir Walter Scott

  • It is true, he says, that he killed his wife, but he did it laudably.

  • It is true that he was flagrantly in the wrong, his victim as laudably in the right.

  • I cured myself first of those false imaginations, and then I laudably endeavoured to cure other men.

    Dialogues of the Dead

    Lord Lyttelton

British Dictionary definitions for laudably


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



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

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laudably in Medicine


  1. Healthy; favorable.
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