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

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Hopefully the show is able to translate what makes Ferrante’s voice so special and eminently readable. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: The Predator, True Detective, and more," 1 Sep. 2018 There are few days of the year when Nick Brown, founder of the chic, eminently wearable espadrille brand Soludos, isn’t circling the globe for inspiration. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "Soludos Founder Nick Brown on Why He Keeps Returning to Croatia," 22 Aug. 2018 After all, what is a marathon other than several hours of resisting the powerful (and eminently logical) urge to slow down or stop? Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "Here’s What We Know About Mental Fatigue," 10 July 2018 All three of their subsequent opponents - Iran, Morocco and Russia - were eminently beatable. SI.com, "Spain Are Back! Why the Last 3 Major Tournaments Aren't a Blip for Football's Great Underachievers," 5 July 2018 Blue-collar white Roger is the Neanderthal of the bunch-albeit an endearing and eminently redeemable one. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "The members of Support Group for Men don’t get eviscerated, but what does happen isn’t much more edifying," 2 July 2018 As Mexico fans know all too well, the reward for winning Group F is an eminently winnable Round of 16 game. Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com, "World Cup schedule, TV and streaming info: Sweden-Switzerland, Colombia-England," 2 July 2018 These bosses are tedious and frustrating in equal measure, often requiring perfectly timed returns against eminently predictable and repetitive shots. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Mario Tennis Aces review: Turning tennis into a fighting game," 22 June 2018 By coming across as warm, jovial and eminently reasonable, the capo has morphed into something respectable, even statesmanlike. The Economist, "Kim Jong Un did better than Donald Trump at the Singapore summit," 14 June 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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