One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Serving to present something as suitable for approval or acceptance.‘a commendatory grin’
flattering, complimentary, highly favourable, enthusiastic, glowing, appreciative, praising, worshipping, worshipful, reverential, lionizing, blandishing, acclamatory, rhapsodic, eulogistic, laudatory, fulsomeView synonyms
- ‘He serves his most commendatory blessing for this boy, the only one who he refers to as ‘son’ twice.’
- ‘‘If you have nothing commendatory to say, then say nothing at all.’’
- ‘He makes commendatory remarks concerning the President and the working relationship between the two men.’
- ‘Word from the calypso association secretary may have branded Francis with a not too commendatory title.’
- ‘So, I'm very commendatory of the President and his strong support.’
Mid 16th century: from late Latin commendatorius, from Latin commendare ‘commit to the care of’ (see commend).
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