• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Commendatory A commendation; eulogy. "Commendatories to our affection."
    • Commendatory Holding a benefice in commendam; as, a commendatory bishop.
    • Commendatory Serving to commend; containing praise or commendation; commending; praising. "Commendatory verses."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • commendatory Serving to commend; presenting to favorable notice or reception; containing approval, praise, or recommendation: as, a commendatory letter.
    • commendatory Holding a benefice in commendam: as, a commendatory bishop.
    • commendatory Held in commendam. See commendam.
    • n commendatory A commendation; a eulogy.
    • n commendatory One who holds a benefice in commendam.
    • n commendatory See commendam.
    • n commendatory Also commendatary.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Commendatory commending: containing praise or commendation: presenting to favourable notice or reception
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. commendatorius,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. commendārecom, and mandāre, to trust.


In literature:

Let there be no more absentee prelates, nor abbes-commendatory.
"The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 1 (of 6)" by Hippolyte A. Taine
He flourished a commendatory salute to the vigilant warder.
"When Egypt Went Broke" by Holman Day
Cleveland, least of all, was not given even the scanty notice of a commendatory plank.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
He lay so quiet now that they thought he was going, and Michael knelt down by the bed and offered up the commendatory prayer.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
For Ruskin's work in the department of religion, no words can be too commendatory.
"Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland" by Daniel Turner Holmes
Very favorable reports and commendatory editorials were given by the newspapers.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume V"
Fitness of praise was a merit which the writers of commendatory verses commonly despised.
"The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1" by Alexander Pope
Above all, in a literal and also commendatory sense of the word, was the solarium.
"Roman Women" by Alfred Brittain
Commendatory poems to the Author by the Duke of Buckingham, the Countess of Winchelsea, Wycherley, Fr.
"A Catalogue of Books in English Later than 1700 (Vol 2 of 3)" by Various
To which are prefix'd, Several Copies of Verses Expla-planatory and Commendatory; never before printed.
"A Catalogue of Books in English Later than 1700 (Vol 3 of 3)" by Various