Definition of estimable in English:



  • Worthy of great respect.

    ‘she was shown into that estimable woman's presence’
    • ‘Now, estimable and engaging though he is, Tony Jones is 64 years old and does not represent the future of the party.’
    • ‘Many estimable individuals have lined up behind the notion that we live in a post-copyright age.’
    • ‘Why are a few particularly estimable, highly intelligent women and men in very prominent positions, blind in one eye when it comes to the protection of minorities?’
    • ‘The estimable John O'Sullivan thinks he'll survive, if barely.’
    • ‘Maureen was a very estimable lady whose outgoing, sincere nature and great depth of human kindness marked her out as a true Christian and an excellent, thoughtful neighbour.’
    • ‘The estimable Peter Baines, M.D. is the proprietor of the company.’
    • ‘The estimable Frank Field, given the task of reforming welfare by the prime minister, argued strongly against any extension of means-testing.’
    • ‘The estimable Steve Bainbridge disagrees about the merits of the outlined amnesty proposal.’
    • ‘That it has been achieved so smoothly says much about the consummate skill of Sarah Munro, the gallery's estimable and committed director.’
    • ‘If not you, then your estimable apprentice can do the research.’
    • ‘Today the Washington Post ran a page 1 story by the estimable Thomas Ricks concerning a briefing given to a Pentagon advisory committee last month.’
    • ‘His recommendations are estimable, but are by no means new.’
    • ‘There are, in fact, too many estimable restaurants in Moscow & St. Petersburg for me to say that I've eaten at them all and produced the definitive listing.’
    • ‘Our estimable reader Stanley Black sent me these comments and asked for my response.’
    • ‘It's accompanied by a related piece from the estimable Robert Stevens, here.’
    • ‘They set out an estimable tuna salad perked up with toasted pine nuts.’
    • ‘But the thought recurs that his brother, Martin, attained an estimable eighth place in the men's downhill at the same venue in 1988.’
    • ‘Scottish Television's flagship news programme, the estimable Scotland Today, has a website which sadly strips all the glamour away from television news.’
    • ‘There was also a certain amount of reading, but less than anticipated, as Michael Bywater's estimable little tome ‘Lost Worlds’ served to keep me company all week.’
    • ‘I think the estimable Dr. Payne goes too far.’
    commendable, worthy of admiration, worthy of commendation, praiseworthy, laudable, meritorious, creditable, exemplary, exceptional, notable, honourable, worthy, deserving, respectable, worthwhile
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Late 15th century (in the sense ‘able to be estimated or appraised’; earlier in inestimable): via Old French from Latin aestimabilis, from aestimare ‘to estimate’.