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[preyz-wur-th ee]
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  1. deserving of praise; laudable: a praiseworthy motive.
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Origin of praiseworthy

First recorded in 1530–40; praise + -worthy
Related formspraise·wor·thi·ly, adverbpraise·wor·thi·ness, nounun·praise·wor·thy, adjective
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  • This praiseworthy sentiment is often the cause of their ruin.

  • 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.

  • Now I am not of those who think it praiseworthy to be always at home.

    Girls and Women

    Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}

British Dictionary definitions for praiseworthy


  1. deserving of praise; commendable
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Derived Formspraiseworthily, adverbpraiseworthiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for praiseworthy


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

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