ad·mi·ra·ble | \ ˈad-m(ə-)rə-bəl \

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 \ noun
admirableness \ˈad-m(ə-)rə-bəl-nəs \ noun
admirably \-blē \ 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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There's something admirable in how hard Victor Oladipo plays every possession, but there's something terrifying in the way LeBron doesn't. Rob Mahoney,, "Pacers Earn the Wrath of a Resolute LeBron James," 18 Apr. 2018 There’s something admirable in that, something deeply American in that. Robert Duffer,, "2018 Dodge Durango SRT: For drivers who don't give a hoot," 22 Dec. 2017 Polk’s ideas for how Alexa in your living room should work are almost admirable in their bluntness: make a midrange soundbar and then Just Add Alexa. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Polk Command Bar review: As seen near TV," 3 July 2018 This is a band interested in a different sort of evolution, one driven by an almost admirable commitment to whatever relevance looks like. Shawn Cooke, Billboard, "'Viva La Vida' Turns 10: How Coldplay Made the Last Massive Experimental Rock Album," 17 June 2018 But what’s admirable is that Rosenberg is still thinking of stories that very few other people in television are telling at the moment. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Villainous Women of Jessica Jones," 15 Mar. 2018 Wilson’s music is admirable for his playful rhymes and colorful beats. Efrain Dorado, RedEye Chicago, "5 must-see Chicago concerts this week: Bruno Mars, Ric Wilson, Gordi," 8 Aug. 2017 Mud, the son, does an admirable job capturing that spirit. John Adamian,, "Britney Spears, Tory Lanez, Kimya Dawson: Seven Concert Highlights," 7 July 2018 This took guts and showed an admirable willingness to try to assimilate. Paul Daugherty,, "Morning Line: Enjoy the fun being produced by the Cincinnati Reds lineup," 3 July 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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The first known use of admirable was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of admirable

: deserving to be admired : very good


ad·mi·ra·ble | \ ˈad-mə-rə-bəl , 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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