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Origin of enviable

First recorded in 1595–1605; envy + -able
Related formsen·vi·a·ble·ness, nounen·vi·a·bly, adverbnon·en·vi·a·ble, adjectivenon·en·vi·a·ble·ness, nounnon·en·vi·a·bly, adverbun·en·vi·a·ble, adjectiveun·en·vi·a·bly, adverb
Can be confusedenviable envious jealous

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  1. exciting envy; fortunate or privileged
Derived Formsenviableness, nounenviably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for enviable

c.1600, from envy + -able. Related: Enviably.

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