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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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  1. 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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