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

Other Words from admirable

admirability \ ˌad-​m(ə-​)rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce admirable (audio) \ noun
admirableness \ ˈad-​m(ə-​)rə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce admirable (audio) \ noun
admirably \ ˈad-​m(ə-​)rə-​blē How to pronounce admirable (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
Recent Examples on the Web This project is more psychological than suspense-driven in nature, which is admirable, if disappointing in the end. Peter Debruge, Variety, 5 Aug. 2022 Design director Derek Jenkins and team have done an admirable job creating a sleek, elegant aesthetic with materials and finishes that are sustainable as well as beautiful. Laura Burstein, Robb Report, 29 June 2022 In a time of crisis, Maryland schools did an admirable job of adopting policies and procedures to keep students and staff safe from COVID-19. Baltimore Sun, 18 May 2022 Fleming does an admirable job, drawing out the fissures, even when some of the family ties remain a bit under-explained. Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2022 The lack of reliable industrywide data on streaming viewership compounds the problem, though independent analysts like the Entertainment Strategy Guy have done an admirable job of compiling and interpreting numbers. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 22 Mar. 2022 The Biden administration has done an admirable job leading the democratic world against Putin’s thuggery. Abdul El-sayed, The New Republic, 10 Mar. 2022 On the other end, the Panthers faced a staunch zone defense for the second straight game and again did an admirable job against it by finding the gaps, working the baseline and not forcing three-pointers. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Jan. 2022 The Mohegan Tribe’s effort to educate Bellator fighters as to how their rounds will be scored was admirable, and should be considered by other regulatory bodies and promoters in the sport. Paul Gift, Forbes, 24 June 2022 See More

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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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“Admirable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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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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