- worthy of admiration; inspiring approval, reverence, or affection.
- excellent; first-rate.
Origin of admirable
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1. estimable, praiseworthy.
1. unworthy; disreputable; reprehensible.
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- deserving or inspiring admiration; excellent
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Word Origin and History for admirability
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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