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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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 Again, in theory and in a vacuum, an admirable and important goal; in practice, likely a quixotic one. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Billionaires are spending their fortunes reshaping America’s schools. It isn’t working.," 30 Oct. 2018 Interorbital has long held admirable goals of flying (very) low-cost rockets. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Vega soars, Delta 2 end nears, hearing a Falcon Heavy launch," 24 Aug. 2018 The trust, the belief, inherent in that is admirable. Andrew Das, New York Times, "That Roar You Heard Was From Russia. Its Team Sent Spain Packing.," 3 July 2018 And with Senator John McCain there so much that is admirable and so much good, beginning with his patriotism and service to the country. Fox News, "Trump orders flags flown at half-staff for John McCain," 28 Aug. 2018 Then, in the midst of this less-than-admirable rage stage of my grieving process, something strange happened. Chelsea Gray, Vox, "What I wish my friends had said to me after my mom died," 20 Nov. 2018 Despite some spectacularly inappropriate and public mishandlings of her youthful relationships with men, the 47-year-old veteran of palace intrigue has maneuvered some tricky royal waters with remark- ably admirable aplomb. Nancy Collins, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sarah Ferguson: Diana, the Queen and I," 12 Oct. 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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