eminently

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adverb em·i·nent·ly \ˈe-mə-nənt-lē\

Definition of eminently

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

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Examples of eminently in a Sentence

  1. an applicant who is eminently qualified for the job

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.

First Known Use of eminently

1616


EMINENTLY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of eminently for English Language Learners

  • : to a high degree



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