as·​pi·​ra·​tion·​al | \ ˌas-pə-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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Not Built Like the Mannequin As the aspirational mannequin demonstrated, the trainees wear a wrist band and chest harness during all runs and non-pool workouts. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What Happened When I Trained With Air Force Human Performance Specialists," 12 Feb. 2019 Marketed as millennial friendly, it’s surrounded by aspirational local brands, including design-savvy accessory and fashion labels, and art galleries. Jane Broughton, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Hotels in Cape Town," 14 Sep. 2018 Sometimes, a would-be casual beauty moment offers the perfect baseline for a bit of aspirational styling. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Behati Prinsloo's Date Night Updo Doubles as Your New Holiday Hair Move," 26 Nov. 2018 Japan 🇯🇵 Eager, aspirational, and ill-fated against the real big dogs as Christopher Moltisanti. Roger Bennett, GQ, "Un-American Football: Your Guide to Enjoying This Yankee-Free World Cup," 12 June 2018 In its decision to present its models as less of a fantasy and more aspirational, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show might also be aiming to counter the idea that its models are somehow fake or lack agency. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show sells a fantasy of empowerment. I sorta believed it.," 3 Dec. 2018 The most high-end version, Litter Robot Connect III, comes with a series of smart features befitting its aspirational status. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "How Much Litter Box Do You Really Get for $500?," 23 Jan. 2019 For the majority of Americans, that family-centric image is fine and perhaps even invokes those warm and cozy feelings that make this time of year feel so aspirational and special. Ashley Edwards Walker, Good Housekeeping, "Modern Estrangement: What Does It Mean to Be Estranged, Anyway?," 21 Dec. 2018 The two-minute goal of this article remains largely aspirational, however, given the difficulty of doing it without blowing a huge hole in revenue. Nat Ives, WSJ, "From Digital Waste to Lead Paint, CMO Today’s Most-Read Stories of 2018 (and What Happened Next)," 27 Dec. 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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