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estimable

[es-tuh-muh-buh l] /ˈɛs tə mə bəl/
adjective
1.
worthy of esteem; deserving respect or admiration.
2.
capable of being estimated.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin aestimābilis, equivalent to aestim(āre) to esteem + -ābilis -able
Related forms
estimableness, noun
estimably, adverb
nonestimable, adjective
nonestimableness, noun
nonestimably, adverb
unestimable, adjective
Synonyms
1. reputable, respectable, admirable, laudable, meritorious, excellent, good.
Antonyms
1. contemptible.
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  • Identifying a plant from the inside out is an estimable talent.
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British Dictionary definitions for estimable

estimable

/ˈɛstɪməbəl/
adjective
1.
worthy of respect; deserving of admiration: my estimable companion
Derived Forms
estimableness, noun
estimably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for estimable
adj.

mid-15c., from Old French estimable and directly from Latin aestimabilis "valuable, estimable," from aestimare (see esteem (v.)).

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