Why was clemency trending last week?


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for admirably
  • She served admirably for decades as a floating marine laboratory.
  • If higher education is unable to be secure in what it once did so admirably and with backbone, perhaps it is time for its demise.
  • After figuring out where the rental agency hid the jack and instruction manual, the scientists change the flat admirably quickly.
  • On my first real-world test, they performed admirably.
  • Her dancing and comic acting capture the spirit of festivity admirably.
  • But the restaurant's appeal is mostly due to its admirably limited ambitions.
  • The film's ending errs slightly on the side of excessive sunniness, but almost all the rest of it is admirably understated.
  • He looks fit and keeps his composure admirably as he tries to play scenes with obvious amateurs.
  • Regardless, each team performed admirably in their delivery and it was exciting to see teams having fun in the moment.
  • To me, you are a bit incomprehensible, but admirably so.
British Dictionary definitions for admirably


deserving or inspiring admiration; excellent
Derived Forms
admirably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for admirably

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



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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for admirable

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for admirably

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with admirably