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[es-tuh-muh-buh l] /ˈɛs tə mə bəl/
worthy of esteem; deserving respect or admiration.
capable of being estimated.
Origin of estimable
late Middle English
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
1. reputable, respectable, admirable, laudable, meritorious, excellent, good.
1. contemptible. Unabridged
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  • The very best sort; a most estimable fellow,—one of a thousand.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • Besides, the majority of the clergy were most estimable men.

  • He was a man of my own class; a gentleman of pleasant ways, amiable, estimable, and able.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • Have you not, father, said in the past that he was an estimable young man?

  • She was a most kind, estimable woman, and he admired her for her noble character.

    Jolly Sally Pendleton

    Laura Jean Libbey
  • How dared she feel the touch of so estimable a man to be so hateful?

    Bulldog And Butterfly David Christie Murray
  • Their culture is different from anything else, and yet it is most estimable and refined.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin
  • Someone else must attend to Miss Verona's estimable aunt—positively!

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
British Dictionary definitions for estimable


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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