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admirable

[ad-mer-uh-buh l] /ˈæd mər ə bəl/
adjective
1.
worthy of admiration; inspiring approval, reverence, or affection.
2.
excellent; first-rate.
Origin
1590-1600
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
Synonyms
1. estimable, praiseworthy.
Antonyms
1. unworthy; disreputable; reprehensible.
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British Dictionary definitions for admirably

admirable

/ˈædmərəbəl/
adjective
1.
deserving or inspiring admiration; excellent
Derived Forms
admirably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for admirably
adv.

1590s, from admirable + -ly (2).

admirable

adj.

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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