December 03, 2018
laudable (adjective)
\LAW-duh-bul\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: worthy of praise : commendable
How do you use it?
"It is, no doubt, a very laudable effort, in modern teaching, to render as much as possible of what the young are required to learn, easy and interesting to them." (John Stuart Mill, _Autobiography_)
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John Stuart Mill thinks it's laudable to make students' lessons interesting and easy to learn. We agree. Which of the following do you think is another example of something that's laudable?

Your effort to answer the quiz is laudable, even if you didn't pick B, which is the correct answer today. Something that can be described as "laudable" usually takes effort and achieves something good. While a new pair of boots, a field trip, or a photograph of friends may be nice, they are not worthy of praise in the way a fundraiser that helps others is. "Laudable" comes to English from the Latin word "laus," meaning "praise." A less common English word that comes from the same root is the word "laud," which functions as both a noun and a verb meaning "praise."
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