ad·​mi·​ra·​ble | \ ˈad-m(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce admirable (audio) \

Definition of admirable

1 : deserving the highest esteem : excellent an admirable achievement
2 obsolete : exciting wonder : surprising

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Other Words from admirable

admirability \ ˌad-​m(ə-​)rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce admirability (audio) \ noun
admirableness \ ˈad-​m(ə-​)rə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce admirableness (audio) \ noun
admirably \ -​blē How to pronounce admirably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of admirable in a Sentence

Loyalty was her most admirable quality. it's admirable the way she helps her elderly neighbor with chores and errands every Saturday

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Coachella was filled with admirable outfits, but as celebs like Dua Lipa, Bella Hadid, and Anna Cathcart proved, even a day spent poolside or hanging with friends and family calls for a bit of glamor. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner, Anna Cathcart, and More of the Weekend’s Best Celebrity Fashions," 22 Apr. 2019 This requires admirable self-control, and not all marital battles can be worked out so calmly. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Right Ways to Argue in Front of Your Children," 22 Apr. 2019 Such a massive influx of funds, while widely considered an admirable show of support for the preservation of history and architecture, has caused some controversy. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Notre Dame's Rebuild Has Already Raised $1 Billion," 19 Apr. 2019 There are many great things about Portland, but one of the city's most admirable characteristics is its dedication to eco-friendliness. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "7 All-Natural Makeup Brands With Products That Are Actually Amazing," 14 Jan. 2019 Hill’s fatal shooting in 2015 came amid a national wave of deadly encounters with police by black men, and the Afghanistan War veteran’s admirable backstory only fueled outrage. Christian Boone, ajc, "DeKalb officer who shot unarmed vet: “I was being attacked”," 21 May 2018 Your level of grace, even in the face of adversity, is admirable and second to none. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Alex Trebek's Cancer Diagnosis Sparks Outpour of Support From Pat Sajak, Cher, and More," 7 Mar. 2019 Duffy does an admirable job of weaving the tales from her letters – which date from the 1940s to the 1990s – into a cohesive story. Matthew J. Palm,, "Review: For Love, Sir - Fringe 2018," 14 May 2018 The Cleveland Browns have done an admirable job of keeping their No. Geoffrey C. Arnold,, "NFL draft 2018 news and rumors: Cleveland Browns targeting Baker Mayfield at No. 1?," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of admirable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for admirable

Middle English admyrable, borrowed from Anglo-French admirable, borrowed from Latin admīrābilis, from admīrārī "to admire" + -bilis "capable (of acting or being acted upon)" — more at -able

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English Language Learners Definition of admirable

: deserving to be admired : very good


ad·​mi·​ra·​ble | \ ˈad-mə-rə-bəl How to pronounce admirable (audio) , ˈad-mrə-bəl\

Kids Definition of admirable

: deserving great respect and approval He showed admirable courage.

Other Words from admirable

admirably \ -​blē \ adverb The team performed admirably.

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