Use the word laudable to describe something that deserves praise or admiration, like your laudable efforts to start a recycling program at your school.

When you break apart the word laudable, you can see the verb laud, meaning praise or acclaim, followed by the suffix -able, which is a tip-off that this word is an adjective. So laudable describes things that are worthy of praise, such as a laudable effort to end poverty, and it can also describe admirable ideas or beliefs, such as a laudable compassion for others.

Definitions of laudable
  1. adjective
    worthy of high praise
    laudable motives of improving housing conditions”
    synonyms: applaudable, commendable, praiseworthy
    having worth or merit or value; being honorable or admirable
Commonly confused words

laudable / laudatory

Something worthy of praise is laudable. Something or someone that gives praise is laudatory.

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