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 Jessika Trancik, an energy storage researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, says that number is aspirational and still needs to be supported with field data. Cathleen O’grady, Science | AAAS, "Gravity-based batteries try to beat their chemical cousins with winches, weights, and mine shafts," 22 Apr. 2021 If all employers choose to raise wages to the aspirational wage instead of pay the tax, there would be no change in revenue, or any outlays, so the proposal would violate the Byrd rule. Marie Sapirie, Forbes, "Bypassing The Byrd Rule Might Mean New Taxes," 21 Apr. 2021 In these films, the aspirational, single family dwelling of the mid-20th century seems but a hazy dream. Los Angeles Times, "Architecture of the unsettled: Oscars’ best picture nominees reveal an America in transition," 21 Apr. 2021 These increasingly affluent Indian families have drawn foreign companies like Walmart, Amazon, Facebook, Nissan and others to invest heavily in a country of aspirational consumers. New York Times, "Covid-19 Pushes India’s Middle Class Toward Poverty," 16 Apr. 2021 Lizzy has the unique ability to connect to other modern mamas like herself in a way that feels both inspirational and aspirational. Essence, "9 Relatable Black Mommy Influencers We Love To Follow," 14 Apr. 2021 The wisdom [in this book is] always really aspirational and encouraging. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "How Clarice Star Rebecca Breeds Sleeps at Night," 13 Apr. 2021 The streaming shows are sort of about the concept of celebrity, but behind the snark there's a secret aspirational fairy tale: Imagine if famous people actually did save lives every day! Darren Franich,, "Whatever Happened to the Men of Tomorrow?," 12 Apr. 2021 It is expertly constructed and bolted in place by censoring the harm happening behind the scenes, manicuring aspirational lifestyles and outcomes, and then watching young lives tragically implode. Alyson Stoner,, "Alyson Stoner Pens Eye-Opening Op-Ed on 'Harrowing' Childhood Stardom: 'Revisit the Script'," 7 Apr. 2021

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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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6 May 2021

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“Aspirational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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