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Definition of eminently

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Again the Court turned to history, this time not to deny a right but to invalidate long-standing and eminently reasonable efforts to protect public safety. David Cole, The New York Review of Books, 8 July 2022 Weakening Putin—and preventing him from wreaking havoc in his near abroad in the future—is an eminently reasonable position to take. Michael A. Cohen, The New Republic, 28 Apr. 2022 Then came the #MeToo movement, and an actual election, in 2016, that pitted an eminently qualified woman against a telegenic, woefully unfit magnate. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 The enchanting setting is eminently romantic — this is a place to pop the question, commemorate an anniversary or sweep people off their feet. Jennifer Kester, Forbes, 26 May 2022 That could prove in all too many ways to be eminently counterproductive. David A. Andelman, CNN, 24 May 2022 His playing here and elsewhere was eminently satisfying, a description equally applied to Pritsker and Krysa. Christian Hertzog, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 May 2022 Breyer’s official retirement set in motion the search for an eminently qualified Black woman who could win Republican support. Nolan D. Mccaskill, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2022 To be clear, smashing through the maternal wall is entirely and eminently possible. Kristin Rowe-finkbeiner, CNN, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 17 Aug. 2022.

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