em·​i·​nent·​ly | \ ˈe-mə-nənt-lē How to pronounce eminently (audio) \

Definition of eminently

: to a high degree : very eminently worthy an eminently sensible plan

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Eminently Has a Stand Out History

When British physician Tobias Venner wrote in 1620 of houses "somewhat eminently situated," he used eminently in a way that now seems unusual. Venner meant that the houses were literally located in a high place, but that lofty use of eminently has since slipped into obsolescence. The term also formerly had the meaning "conspicuously," a use that reflects its Latin root, eminēre, which means "to stand out." That meaning, like the elevated one, is now obsolete. The figurative sense that is still prominent today also began appearing in English texts in the 1600s.

Examples of eminently in a Sentence

an applicant who is eminently qualified for the job

Recent Examples on the Web

Now 44 and eminently comfortable with the trappings of power, Mr. Tsipras is playing the long game. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "Tsipras, Having Changed Greece, Now Seems Poised to Lose It," 5 July 2019 Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro, and others in this new intellectual movement offer the most coherent, thoughtful, and eminently rational explanation for this disposition. Nate Hochman, National Review, "The Intellectual Dark Web’s Quiet Revolution," 5 July 2019 In his upcoming book, Andre Iguodala shared a priceless story about teammate Klay Thompson, the Warriors’ unassuming and eminently likeable star who often times confounds us. Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "Klay Thompson’s best moment as a Warrior? It will surprise you," 19 June 2019 The zombie metaphor is eminently malleable, the amorphous horde a putty to be shaped into any sociocultural commentary. Katie Walsh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Bill Murray, Adam Driver battle zombies in ‘The Dead Don’t Die’," 13 June 2019 Le Petit Prince, from Austin’s Jester King, was a revelation: a dry, bitter, eminently satisfying farmhouse ale at a mere 2.8 percent. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Beervana on the Central Coast: the 2019 Firestone Walker Invitational Fest," 6 June 2019 And that seemed eminently doable, given Epic was offering developers an additional 8 to 18 percent of revenue, depending on sales. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "An Epic defection? The Division 2 won't release on Steam," 9 Jan. 2019 The tasting of straightforward, eminently quaffable brown ales provided an opportunity to try my hand at pastrami. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "Brown Ales May Be Unfashionable, but the Style Is Timeless," 5 Jan. 2018 Insecure finds its humor in such eminently relatable problems. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "How Insecure Gets Political While Ignoring Trump," 10 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of eminently

1616, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of eminently

somewhat formal : to a high degree

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something desired as essential

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