as·​pi·​ra·​tion·​al | \ ˌa-spə-ˈrā-sh(ə-)nəl How to pronounce aspirational (audio) \

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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Other Words from aspirational

aspirationally adverb

Examples of aspirational in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their fatigue, commitment to good and banter were aspirational. Alyssa Mastromonaco, Town & Country, "Joe Biden Was the Real-Life Jed Bartlet at His Town Hall Last Night," 16 Oct. 2020 There are many aspirational visions for the tax code. Veronique De Rugy, Star Tribune, "Why Trump's taxes are a call to action," 15 Oct. 2020 Like an expensive blender or a fondue set, a cake stand is an aspirational purchase. Mackenzie Fegan, Bon Appétit, "I Thought This Cake Stand Would Be a Waste of Space, But I Use It for Everything," 14 Oct. 2020 The dreamy blur that was 2019? — our family vacation plans involved airline tickets, aspirational itineraries and no masks. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: How a San Diego staycation got me back to a happy place," 10 Oct. 2020 One of the concerns historically is that China has not been buying enough American exports, but these numbers were a bit too aspirational. Fortune, "This analyst says the U.S.-China trade deal targets were always ‘too aspirational’," 8 Oct. 2020 Bestselling Van Life author Foster Huntington shares his experiences—as well as others—living by his own rules in this aspirational book filled with awe-inspiring photographs of unique homes in unexpected places. Scott Yorko, Smithsonian Magazine, "How to Set Up an Off-the-Grid Getaway," 8 Oct. 2020 The aspirational, inspirational moments are the best, which, of course, may be a bit too much of a promise about what electing one ticket to the White House could ever possibly do. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "You Can’t Be Pro-Life Unless You Oppose Abortion," 31 Aug. 2020 For years, Meghan Markle has garnered fans for her effortlessly elegant yet approachable personal style, mixing aspirational designer pieces and affordable favorites with aplomb. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "A Peek Inside Meghan Markle's L.A. Home Reveals She Decorates With Diptyque Candles," 3 Oct. 2020

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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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20 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Aspirational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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