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 \ ˈad-​m(ə-​)rə-​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
Recent Examples on the Web The Cowboys have done an admirable job of filling holes on their roster this offseason, but there’s still some work that can be done. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 free agents who could still improve the Cowboys’ roster, including this immovable object at nose tackleThis article has comments enabled.," 26 June 2020 The Economic Ripple Effect of Retail Sales Big restaurant chains have done an admirable job navigating the coronavirus crisis. Charley Grant, WSJ, "The Future of Fast Food Has Arrived Ahead of Schedule," 26 June 2020 Some aspects of the British response to the pandemic have been admirable. The Economist, "An unfortunate case study The British state shows how not to respond to a pandemic," 20 June 2020 Some aspects of the British response to the pandemic have been admirable. The Economist, "An unfortunate case study The British state shows how not to respond to a pandemic," 18 June 2020 Part 2 does an admirable job with the pacing of these encounters, balancing the tension of its stealth sections with the relative calm of free exploration. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "The Last of Us Part 2 review: A less confident, less focused sequel," 12 June 2020 The meaty sidewalls that protect the 20-inch wheels do an admirable job of cushioning impacts. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe Proves to be Fun If Odd-Looking," 11 June 2020 Still, the central theme -- that the technology to pull back from the abyss on climate already exists -- has a powerful pull, and the film does an admirable job explaining how some of those innovations can be applied in layman's terms. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Dear...' and '2040' look for rays of hope amid dark times," 4 June 2020 His positivity and dedication are admirable, and his smile is contagious. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "What Happened to Ray Lewis on 'Dancing With the Stars?'," 1 Oct. 2019

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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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3 Jul 2020

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“Admirable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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