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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Prince William's work is definitely admirable, and his positive approach to life as a rescue pilot is refreshing, too. Katie Frost, Good Housekeeping, "In Rare Interview, Prince William Talks About "Dark Moments" as an Ambulance Pilot," 20 Sep. 2016 Their marketing serves to reinforce the belief that the commitment of time and money makes retirement more admirable. David Ekerdt, WSJ, "In Defense of the Not-So-Busy Retirement," 22 Apr. 2018 Only the Wakandan king has superpowers in this Marvel movie, which makes the core women that much more admirable. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "5 ways that 'Black Panther' celebrates and elevates black women," 16 Feb. 2018 The plot is packed with incidents and surprises, and Mary is an admirable character, full of pluck and decency and prone to the usual anime expressions of loud amazement. A. O. Scott, New York Times, "Review: ‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’ Chases a Girl and Her Broomstick," 18 Jan. 2018 In a song that follows an admirable, H.R.-approved policy of keeping your outside hobbies at home, RIVVRS (née Brandon Zahursky) embraces his comfort zone rather than conforming to anyone else’s rules or expectations. Bryan Kress, Billboard, "RIVVRS Heads Back to the Office in 'Don't Wanna Know' Video: Exclusive," 11 July 2018 Koby Altman’s moves at the trade deadline, while admirable for their boldness at the time, didn’t do many favors for the Cavaliers long term. Ben Ladner,, "Cleveland Cavaliers Offseason Preview: Will LeBron James Stay or Go?," 10 June 2018 Their dedication to minority causes, though admirable, looked out-of-touch when paired with a relative unconcern for struggling whites. The Economist, "Democrats have plenty of anger, but few good ideas," 17 May 2018 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

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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, 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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