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

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So this is about pragmatism versus inspirational, aspirational stuff. NBC News, "Meet the Press - September 15, 2019," 15 Sep. 2019 If prices fall too low, the firm will lose its aspirational glow (the top-of-the-range iPhone 11 Pro Max will cost you $1,449). The Economist, "Tim Cook tries to reduce Apple’s dependence on devices," 12 Sep. 2019 People are more motivated for aspirational behavior around the temporal landmarks, like the beginning of the year, at the beginning of the month, or the week. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Tracking your exercise more effective with competition, study says," 9 Sep. 2019 First on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, then as the lead in hit spin-off Rhoda, Harper spent the ’70s embodying a relatable foil to Moore’s aspirational hero. Judy Berman, Time, "How Valerie Harper Paved the Way for Today's Sitcom Women," 5 Sep. 2019 Maxwell reminded his audience how fun and welcoming fashion can be — aspirational doesn’t have to mean distant and cold. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "American fashion is drowning in a sea of leggings and gimmicks. Brandon Maxwell has a solution.," 9 Sep. 2019 For any emo teens who were listening to punk music and finding their way as creatives, her bedroom was aspirational. Ilana Kaplan, Curbed, "Why we’re obsessed with the TV teen bedroom," 14 Aug. 2019 Vanderbilt’s wealth and profile gave her the freedom of authenticity, of selling what was aspirational without the accompanying pretense. Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, "Before Trump and the Kardashians, Gloria Vanderbilt Invented the Personal Brand," 19 June 2019 Because, while some signature looks are indeed aspirational, chameleonic beauty is a feat of endless possibilities. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Reveals Two Femme Fatale Makeup Looks in Paris," 27 Sep. 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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The first known use of aspirational was in 1866

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