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enviable

[en-vee-uh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. worthy of envy; very desirable: an enviable position.
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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

Synonyms

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advantageous, fortunate, lucky.
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Examples from the Web for unenviable

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  • The position of Clay was one of unenviable distinction and power.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson

  • The public rebuked the unenviable notoriety of "Coal Oil Johnny."

  • This was that Maurice was endowed with the unenviable gift of the evil eye.

    A Mortal Antipathy

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • And then he betook himself to bed in a frame of mind that was not unenviable.

    Orley Farm

    Anthony Trollope

  • I darted off on my unenviable quest, meeting the doctor on the stairs.

    My Friend Smith

    Talbot Baines Reed


British Dictionary definitions for unenviable

unenviable

adjective
  1. not to be enviedthe unenviable task
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enviable

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

adj.

1640s, from un- (1) "not" + enviable. Related: Unenviably.

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enviable

adj.

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

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