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[en-vee-uh-buh l] /ˈɛn vi ə bəl/
worthy of envy; very desirable:
an enviable position.
Origin of enviable
1595-1605; envy + -able
Related forms
enviableness, noun
enviably, adverb
nonenviable, adjective
nonenviableness, noun
nonenviably, adverb
unenviable, adjective
unenviably, adverb
Can be confused
enviable, envious, jealous.
advantageous, fortunate, lucky. Unabridged
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  • Over the last ten years or so this fine three-piece has built itself an enviable reputation for a great live show.
  • People who meditate regularly feel an enviable sense of calm.
  • The house closets are enviable for their lack of clutter.
  • It has built an enviable reputation for good governance and political stability.
  • The happy conjunction of a strong brand with a wide variety of products, many of them low-cost, leaves him with enviable margins.
  • Ordinarily, they'd have considered themselves to be in an enviable situation.
  • And according to sources inside the company, it's already established an enviable track record.
  • Deaf drivers, abnormally alert and with enviable safety records, are well acquainted with their situation.
  • He has an enviable ability to summarize the conclusions of scholars in a simple and fairly accurate manner.
  • There is a downside to such an enviable set of values.
British Dictionary definitions for enviable


exciting envy; fortunate or privileged
Derived Forms
enviableness, noun
enviably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for enviable

c.1600, from envy + -able. Related: Enviably.

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