em·​i·​nent·​ly ˈe-mə-nənt-lē How to pronounce eminently (audio)
: 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 meant that the houses were literally located in a high place. That use has since slipped into obsolescence, as has the word's use to mean "conspicuously"—a sense that reflects its Latin root, ēminēre, which means "to stick out" or “protrude.” The figurative sense of “notably” or “very” that is prominent today was likely a new development when Venner was writing.

Examples of eminently in a Sentence

an applicant who is eminently qualified for the job
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Word History

First Known Use

1616, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of eminently was in 1616


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“Eminently.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eminently. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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