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 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 Yes, Chipotle’s commitment to donating a possible tens of thousands of dollars to a variety of LGBTQ+ organizations is admirable. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 7 June 2021 Being a busy bee is admirable but doesn’t mean that your social life will extend to your job or workplace. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 5 June 2021 The legislature nibbling around the edges may be admirable, but is ultimately doomed to the ingrained culture. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Apr. 2021 Taking control back by choosing which photos to post on your own accounts and being transparent about your state of mind — which is exactly what SZA did — is admirable, and a great step toward normalizing talking about mental health issues. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, 23 May 2021 Considering that many cordless stick vacuums only run for 15 to 30 minutes per charge, that's admirable, to say the least. Christine Persaud, USA TODAY, 21 May 2021 These are all fine, even admirable, initiatives and results when viewed in a vacuum. Nick Martin, The New Republic, 22 Apr. 2021 Kong is racing past the (admirable in retrospect) $363 million global and $58 million domestic cume of Chris Nolan’s Tenet. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021 Monitor correspondent Randy Dotinga spoke with the book’s author, British rock historian Lesley-Ann Jones, about her deeply perceptive portrait of this brilliant, troubled, not-always-admirable musician. Randy Dotinga, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of admirable was in the 15th century

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10 Jun 2021

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“Admirable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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