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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Though its policies are admirable, until the country as a whole joins its climate-change efforts, California is making life expensive for its citizens. The Economist, "The futureTexas seems better placed to adapt than California," 22 June 2019 Victor Santos, the director of government relations at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, said that these plans are admirable, but HBCUs need a long-term funding solution. Dartunorro Clark, NBC News, "At HBCUs, crushing student loan debt is a symptom of even bigger problems," 9 June 2019 The respect paid to this community of women — successful in business, true to their traditions, open to outsiders — is of course admirable. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ Is a Musical Lacking a Sting," 13 June 2019 Providing frame-by-frame commentary, Dee said much of the officers’ behavior was admirable: Both officers kept their distance even as Garner grew increasingly upset. Wesley Lowery, Washington Post, "‘I can’t breathe.’ Five years after Eric Garner died in struggle with New York police, resolution still elusive.," 13 June 2019 Regardless your support towards the LGBT community is still admirable. Robyn Merrett,, "K-Pop Star Sunmi Says She's 'LGBT' During Amsterdam Concert: 'I Have Many Different Sides of Me'," 4 June 2019 Something deeply admirable, though: No modern president now considers silence to be an option, ever. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "History Gives George Bush His Due," 6 Dec. 2018 His role at the non-profit is admirable, to say the least, but outside of the 9-5 Jeremy is also a trailblazing artist with deep roots in the fashion industry. Ariana Marsh, Teen Vogue, "How iPad Artist Jeremy Martin Is Making Waves in the Fashion Industry," 26 Nov. 2018 Coachella was filled with admirable outfits, but as celebs like Dua Lipa, Bella Hadid, and Anna Cathcart proved, even a day spent poolside or hanging with friends and family calls for a bit of glamor. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner, Anna Cathcart, and More of the Weekend’s Best Celebrity Fashions," 22 Apr. 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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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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