admirable

adjective
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 decision to serve our country is admirable and one of the keys which sets us apart from most nations. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area groups, veterans support area enlistees," 2 Aug. 2019 But as admirable as that initiative is, its efforts might be moot. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "How Oatly Plans to Quench China’s Thirst for Milk," 23 July 2019 In fact, the judicial response to college misconduct is even more consequential than the Trump administration’s (admirable) rejection of Obama’s guidance. David French, National Review, "Amy Coney Barrett Strikes a Blow against Campus Kangaroo Courts," 2 July 2019 In the context of Art After Stonewall, JEB’s dual mandate, of capturing and encouraging love between women, is both admirable and almost crushingly optimistic. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Lesbian ‘Propagandist’ Who Documented a Movement," 19 June 2019 But the prototypical Atticus also took less admirable positions on race. Danny Heitman, WSJ, "‘Atticus Finch: The Biography’ Review: The Writer, Her Father and Atticus Finch," 10 May 2018 These perks are often advertised as proof that a company is inclusive, considerate of employees of all ages and in various phases of their careers, which is admirable. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "It isn’t just new parents who deserve paid leave," 25 July 2019 The law's goal—to take material steps toward protecting people from being manipulated—is admirable. Renee Diresta, WIRED, "A New Law Makes Bots Identify Themselves—That's the Problem," 24 July 2019 His sometimes-quirky commitment to fiscal responsibility was admirable. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ross Perot changed American politics by disrupting Republicans and Democrats alike. We can learn from that.," 11 July 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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admirable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of admirable

: deserving to be admired : very good

admirable

adjective
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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