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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).


commendable (comparative more commendable, superlative most commendable)

  1. Worthy of commendation; deserving praise; admirable, creditable, or meritorious.
    • circa 1600, The Merchant of Venice,Act I, scene I:
      LThanks,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: Printed [by R. Bradock] for M[atthew] L[ownes] [], published 1602, OCLC 316392309, Act III, scene iv:
      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: []

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