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  1. worthy of admiration; inspiring approval, reverence, or affection.
  2. excellent; first-rate.
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Origin of admirable

From the Latin word admīrābilis, dating back to 1590–1600. See admire, -able
Related formsad·mi·ra·ble·ness, ad·mi·ra·bil·i·ty, nounad·mi·ra·bly, adverbsu·per·ad·mi·ra·ble, adjectivesu·per·ad·mi·ra·ble·ness, nounsu·per·ad·mi·ra·bly, adverbun·ad·mi·ra·ble, adjectiveun·ad·mi·ra·ble·ness, nounun·ad·mi·ra·bly, adverb

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Related Words for admirable

great, unreal, praiseworthy, valuable, wonderful, exquisite, excellent, commendable, laudable, attractive, ace, choice, cool, crackerjack, deserving, dream, estimable, fine, good, keen

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British Dictionary definitions for admirable


  1. deserving or inspiring admiration; excellent
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Derived Formsadmirably, 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."

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