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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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First Known Use of eminently

1616, in the meaning defined above

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“Eminently.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eminently. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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somewhat formal : to a high degree

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