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.

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an applicant who is eminently qualified for the job
Recent Examples on the Web As transactions are logged on the blockchain, a public ledger, Bitcoin is eminently traceable. Alexander J. Urbelis, CNN, 8 June 2021 For once the Clippers were not cursed, they were blessed, playing their best game of the season on their most important day of the season Sunday in game that was uproariously loud and eminently lovable. Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2021 The argument is similar to one made back in 2003 by Michael Specter in the eminently respectable New Yorker about the animal rights outfit PETA. Benjamin Kunkel, The New Republic, 26 May 2021 And in 2015, Guitars in the Classroom added the small and eminently strummable ukulele into the musical mix and changed its name to match. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 May 2021 While that yardstick can be tough to achieve for many ESG disclosures, labor costs — measured in dollars — eminently qualifies as a plausible and useful disclosure item. Shivaram Rajgopal, Forbes, 17 May 2021 And maybe these alternatives will make enough Republicans reconsider their reflexive opposition to an eminently reasonable bipartisan commission. John Avlon, CNN, 28 May 2021 For all of the above reasons, the recent proposals floated on Capitol Hill to draft another multiyear contract that would keep Burke-class destroyers in production through the end of the decade seem eminently sensible. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 20 May 2021 It’s all meaty, dramatic, provocative, eminently fascinating stuff. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 12 May 2021

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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 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of eminently

somewhat formal : to a high degree


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