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From Middle English commendable, from Middle French commendable, from Latin commendabilis, from commendare (“to commend, intrust to”), from com- + mandare (“to commit, intrust, enjoin”), from manus (“hand”) + dare (“to put”).
- Worthy of commendation; deserving praise; admirable, creditable, or meritorious.
- c. 1596–1598 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene i]:
- Thanks, i' faith; for silence is only commendable
In a neat's tongue dried and a maid not vendible.
- 1601, Ben Jonson, Poetaster or The Arraignment: […], London: […] [R. Bradock] for M[atthew] L[ownes] […], published 1602, →OCLC, Act III:
- Tuc[ca]. […] Can thy Author doe it impudently enough?
Hiſt[rio]. O, I warrant you, Captaine: and ſpitefully inough too; he ha's one of the moſt ouerflowing villanous wits, in Rome. He will ſlander any man that breathes; If he diſguſt him.
Tucca. I'le know the poor, egregious, nitty Raſcall; and he haue ſuch commendable Qualities, I'le cheriſh him: […]
- 2021 September 8, Phil McNulty, “Poland 1-1 England”, in BBC Sport:
- Gareth Southgate's side had performed with commendable maturity to control Poland and a hostile crowd giving thunderous backing to their team – but it all changed one minute into four minutes of stoppage time.
worthy of commendation
- “commendable”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “commendable”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- “commendable”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
- English: commendable