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commendation (n.)

late 14c., commendacioun, "expression of approval," late 14c. (from c. 1200 as the name of one of the Offices of the Dead), from Old French commendacion "approval, praise," from Latin commendationem (nominative commendatio) "recommendation, commendation," noun of action from past participle stem of commendare "to praise, to commit to one's care" (see commend).

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Definitions of commendation

commendation (n.)
an official award (as for bravery or service) usually given as formal public statement;
Synonyms: citation
commendation (n.)
a message expressing a favorable opinion;
Synonyms: approval
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