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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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 Smith does an admirable job of reflecting on her restless actions through the lens of Follett and her values. S. Kirk Walsh, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘The Art of Vanishing: A Memoir of Wanderlust,’ by Laura Smith," 22 Mar. 2018 Director Anthony Hemingway—who helmed half of FX’s American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson and helms half of Unsolved, including its first two episodes—does an admirable job making each of the three timelines visually distinct. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.," 1 Mar. 2018 Nick Foles did an admirable job in the divisional round, going 23-for-30 for 246 yards, while not turning the ball over and taking just one sack, his lack of being able to run the football a la Wentz will be a much larger factor in this one. Jim Derry,, "NFL Picks Championship Sunday: Can we even watch the Vikes advance, New Orleans?," 17 Jan. 2018 Real talk, though: If Prince Harry is making strides to get healthier both for himself and Meghan—who's pregnant with their first child—that's admirable. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Prince Harry Reportedly Gave Up Alcohol for Meghan Markle, and His Family Is Thrilled," 2 Jan. 2019 His commitment to getting buckets—with little regard for his shooting struggles—is kind of admirable. Rob Mahoney,, "Alternative NBA Awards: Inside-Basketball Honors to Highlight Underrated Facets of the Game," 10 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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