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[ad-mer-uh-buh l] /ˈæd mər ə bəl/
worthy of admiration; inspiring approval, reverence, or affection.
excellent; first-rate.
Origin of admirable
From the Latin word admīrābilis, dating back to 1590-1600. 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
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  • Shakespeare copies it word for word, only omitting with admirable art the first line.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • It is Mary Fitton who has "wit and invention," and is "an admirable musician."

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • Like the admirable Crichton, no art is to her unknown, no accomplishment by her neglected.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • If that were the case, it would an admirable example of an Irish bull!

  • Betty, it must be owned, has an admirable memory on these occasions.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
British Dictionary definitions for admirable


deserving or inspiring admiration; excellent
Derived Forms
admirably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for admirable

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
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