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[ad-mer-uh-buh l] /ˈæd mər ə bəl/
worthy of admiration; inspiring approval, reverence, or affection.
excellent; first-rate.
Origin of admirable
1590-1600; < Latin admīrābilis. See admire, -able
Related forms
admirableness, admirability, noun
admirably, adverb
superadmirable, adjective
superadmirableness, noun
superadmirably, adverb
unadmirable, adjective
unadmirableness, noun
unadmirably, adverb
1. estimable, praiseworthy.
1. unworthy; disreputable; reprehensible. Unabridged
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  • But the good news is that without too much effort you can, believe it or not, create an admirable taco at home.
  • Teaching science in a public high school: an admirable endeavour, but not a green job.
  • He points out that the roach escape mechanism has an admirable redundancy.
  • For instance, the hairy mammoth seems to have been an admirable animal, intelligent and well-accoutered.
  • What happens in the future will be one measure of the success or failure of this admirable book.
  • As admirable a goal as it may be, fashioning citizens for a pluralistic society has nothing to do with the pursuit of truth.
  • Everyone has a role in the world, and who is to say which role is more worthy or admirable than any other.
  • Net-betting offers admirable ease, no taxes, and relative safety.
  • With its customary excellent judgment and admirable appreciation of news.
  • After the talk, a few presidents said climate neutrality was admirable but out of reach.
British Dictionary definitions for admirable


deserving or inspiring admiration; excellent
Derived Forms
admirably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for admirable

mid-15c., "worthy of admiration," from Middle French admirable (Old French amirable), from Latin admirabilis "admirable, wonderful," from admirari "to admire" (see admiration). In early years it also carried a stronger sense of "awe-inspiring."

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