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Monday, May 28, 2018

Definitions for estimable

  1. deserving respect or admiration; worthy of esteem.
  2. capable of being estimated.

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Citations for estimable
He is the most estimable, the most trustworthy creature in the world, and I will venture to say, there is not a better seaman in all the merchant service. Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo, translated by Adolphe Cohn, 1922
Nothing is more typical of Armstrong, or more estimable, than his decision not to go into politics; heaven knows what the blandishments, or the invitations, must have been. Anthony Lane, "The Man and the Moon," The New Yorker, August 26, 2012
Origin of estimable
late Middle English
1425-1475
The English adjective estimable comes via French estimable from Latin aestimābilis, a derivative of aestimāre “to value, price, estimate the money value of.” The etymology of aestimāre is unclear, but it may be related to Latin aes (stem aer-) “copper, bronze, brass,” from Proto-Indo-European ayes-, ayos- “metal, copper,” from which Sanskrit derives áyas- “metal, iron,” Gothic aiz “bronze,” German Erz “ore” (the Erzgebirge, “Ore Mountain Range,” lies between Saxony, Germany, and Bohemia, Czech Republic), Old English ār “ore, copper, brass,” and English ore. Estimable entered English in the 15th century.