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 Zelensky’s Ukraine was aspirational, a country of programmers and entrepreneurs. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, "How Trump’s Emissaries Put Pressure on Ukraine’s New President," 26 Oct. 2019 Pinterest’s trove of floral arches, favors, couple’s portraits, and DIY ideas are most likely original content created for the platform or another outlet, rather than aspirational, real wedding imagery. Riley & Grey, Harper's BAZAAR, "When It Comes to Wedding Planning, Is Instagram the New Pinterest?," 30 July 2019 Though Centri’s plans are still aspirational, the company is ingratiating itself with city leaders., "Political ties may yield taxpayer boost for private housing developers in Portland," 30 July 2019 Next, Armanious hopped onstage to introduce the season's more aspirational looks. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Big changes to Junior League's Opening Style Show lead to the ultimate Tuesday night fashion party," 11 Sep. 2019 Friends appeared on the surface to question those ideological demands, but its heroes promoted a kind of aspirational existence that was in fact deeply conformist. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Mysteriously Enduring Appeal of Friends," 10 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, amid all these endless shades of taupe swaddling the cast, the question arises as to whether this is meant to be an aspirational lifestyle spread or a serious examination of family and friend dynamics. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Blackbird': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 7 Sep. 2019 Glinda’s arrival on screen blazed an iridescent trail for the aspirational witch characters that followed. Pam Grossman, The Atlantic, "The Wizard of Oz Invented the ‘Good Witch’," 25 Aug. 2019 Green New Deal’ as an aspirational proposal that has already had a beneficial impact on people’s thinking. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Al Gore on Enbridge Line 3, green jobs, flooded farms and Greenland losing 11 billion tons of ice in one day," 5 Aug. 2019

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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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26 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Aspirational.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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