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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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  • Why should you wish so estimable an individual to be locked up?

    The Genial Idiot John Kendrick Bangs
  • And what do the wives of our estimable M.P.'s think of all this?

  • That we must attribute to cats the estimable virtue of benevolence, Mrs F— gives me two anecdotes to prove.

    Stories of Animal Sagacity W.H.G. Kingston
  • Daggett is anything but dull and inoffensive, and if he can play that estimable rôle——!

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • "Oh, we have had quite enough of misconceptions," said that estimable lady, with what appeared to be another shot at Wallace.

    Shoulder-Straps Henry Morford
  • He was bringing it to his Honor when the estimable gendarme had stopped him.

    Fiddles F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Still, I have been inclined to wonder how you were getting on with my estimable relatives and connections.

    Winston of the Prairie Harold Bindloss
  • I've liberated my mind, estimable Binkie, with the feathers in his mouth.

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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