ad·​mi·​ra·​ble ˈad-m(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce admirable (audio)
: deserving the highest esteem : excellent
an admirable achievement
obsolete : exciting wonder : surprising
admirability noun
admirableness noun
admirably 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 Since then, many admirable writers have widened and diversified the genre. Gary Shteyngart, The Atlantic, 4 Apr. 2024 With an admirable lack of salaciousness, Gibson traces Daniels’ personal biography from a rough upbringing in Baton Rouge to her early forays into exotic dancing and her successful career in the adult industry. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Mar. 2024 Meanwhile, an unanticipated, if admirable, high level of conservation over the years left San Diego with a surplus of expensive water. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Mar. 2024 Giving money to aid can be admirable too—doctors, after all, still prescribe drugs with known side effects. Leif Wenar, WIRED, 27 Mar. 2024 Summer has a power and energy behind her movement that is admirable. Heide Janssen, Orange County Register, 17 Mar. 2024 Her willingness to push boundaries can be admirable and aggravating, but it’s always aimed at providing top-quality care to her patients. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 10 Feb. 2024 The amount of time, dedication, and often personal risk necessary to bring such stories to life is admirable; so too is the ability to tell a story with empathy, sympathy, and suspense. Chris Wheatley, Longreads, 12 Mar. 2024 These principles alone were admirable because the paper was derived from discussions with industry experts, a multidisciplinary review of existing research on stakeholder and public engagement, and more than 70 individual interviews with AI practitioners. John Hall, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Admirable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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ad·​mi·​ra·​ble ˌad-mə-rə-bəl How to pronounce admirable (audio)
: deserving to be admired : excellent
admirableness noun
admirably adverb

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