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[in-spuh-rey-shuh-nl] /ˌɪn spəˈreɪ ʃə nl/
imparting inspiration.
under the influence of inspiration; inspired.
of or relating to inspiration.
Origin of inspirational
1830-40; inspiration + -al1
Related forms
inspirationally, adverb
pseudoinspirational, adjective
quasi-inspirational, adjective Unabridged
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  • Insipid in texture and cloyingly sweet, it is hardly inspirational.
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  • He was a patient and inspirational music teacher to countless children.
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  • Hers is not a well-written book, but it is inspirational.
  • These true tales of courage are inspirational to this day.
British Dictionary definitions for inspirational


of, relating to, or tending to arouse inspiration; inspiring
resulting from inspiration; inspired
Derived Forms
inspirationally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inspirational

1839, "influenced by inspiration;" 1884, "tending to inspire;" see inspiration + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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