worthy of admiration; inspiring approval, reverence, or affection.
excellent; first-rate.

Nearby words

  1. administrative leave,
  2. administrative segregation,
  3. administrative-law judge,
  4. administrator,
  5. administratrix,
  6. admirable bolete,
  7. admirable crichton, the,
  8. admirably,
  9. admiral,
  10. admiral of the fleet

Origin of admirable

From the Latin word admīrābilis, dating back to 1590–1600. See admire, -able

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British Dictionary definitions for admirable



deserving or inspiring admiration; excellent
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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