Merriam-Webster Word of the Day: Laudable

The Merriam-Webster Word of the Day is laudable. Read on for what it means, how it’s used, and more.

What It Means

Laudable means “worthy of praise,” and is a synonym of commendable.

// Thanks to the laudable efforts of dozens of volunteers, the town’s Winter Carnival was an enjoyable event for everyone.

LAUDABLE in Context

“Empowering Black and Indigenous-owned businesses, creating pathways for Black and Indigenous homeownership, and funding scholarships for Black and Indigenous scholars are all laudable aims.” — Mary Kay Harris,, 29 Dec. 2022

Did You Know?

Let’s have a hearty round of applause for laudable, a word that never fails to celebrate the positive. Laudable comes ultimately from Latin laud– or laus, meaning “praise,” as does laudatory. However, the two differ in meaning, and usage commentators warn against using them interchangeably. Laudable means “deserving praise” or “praiseworthy,” as in “laudable efforts to help the disadvantaged.” Laudatory means “giving praise” or “expressing praise,” as in “a laudatory book review.” People occasionally use laudatory in place of laudable, but this use is not considered standard.

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