as·pi·ra·tion·al | \ˌas-pə-ˈrā-sh(ə-)nəl \

Definition of aspirational 

: of, relating to, or characterized by aspiration aspirational goals : such as

a : having or showing a desire to achieve a high level of success or social status … private schools are patronised … by parents struggling to produce intelligent, clear-thinking, disciplined, polite, aspirational children …— Katie Grant

b : associated with or suggestive of a high level of success and social status and therefore appealing to people who aspire to such status aspirational brands/products

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aspirationally adverb

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The competitive amateur runner, on the other hand, has the benefit of representing an ideal that is simultaneously aspirational and attainable. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "The Speed Project: A Crazy, 340-Mile Desert Relay," 21 June 2018 In the end, after a spirited session of aspirational dinking, the players do the traditional clinking of their paddles. Amy S. Rosenberg,, "Ocean City and the most cutthroat pickleball game at the Jersey Shore," 11 July 2018 The sort of expensive, behind-the-scenes upkeep needed to achieve this new, idealized no-makeup? Acceptable, even aspirational. Jessica Teas, The Cut, "The Big Lie of #NoMakeup," 9 July 2018 The vows to upgrade the North’s railways and roads will remain purely aspirational until international sanctions against North Korea are lifted and the South is freed to take material steps. Washington Post, "Koreas agree to improve North Korea’s railways," 26 June 2018 By the 1960s, the company was known less for military-grade optical glass than for its aspirational cool, thanks to such models as the Balorama, made famous by Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry character. Bloomberg, Fortune, "These $500 Ray-Ban Aviators Are Plated in 24K Gold," 16 June 2018 But that was a plausible space, economically, which would have looked more actual than aspirational to many viewers. Lorraine Ali,, "'Roseanne' review: Roseanne Barr and cast reunite for an update on the iconic sitcom," 27 Mar. 2018 Leave it to Lady Gaga to channel the buoyant spirit of Pride 2018 with a beauty moment equal parts boisterous and aspirational. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Lady Gaga Celebrates New York Pride With a Bold Makeup Look," 25 June 2018 This Is Why Trump Won As a genre, dad style is currently peak aspirational fashion. Noah Johnson, GQ, "Help! I Dress Like My Dad," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of aspirational

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aspirational

aspiration + -al entry 1

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