Definition of admirable in English:



  • Arousing or deserving respect and approval.

    ‘he has one admirable quality—he is totally honest’
    ‘what is admirable in one sex is disdained in the other’
    • ‘She clearly had to struggle to force herself on at times; and that, in my opinion, is admirable.’
    • ‘After this admirable book, the reader can return to listening to Strauss with added enjoyment.’
    • ‘One admirable attempt to this end has been that of the British Government.’
    • ‘Celibacy is something many have to face for various good, sometimes admirable, reasons.’
    • ‘A dog, for all its admirable and unique qualities, is not a human being and is not treated in the law as such.’
    • ‘But then I find myself asking why competition is seen as such an admirable quality.’
    • ‘They demonstrated an admirable grasp of the first rule of business: adapt to survive.’
    • ‘There is a plethora of admirable precedents to this form of conservatism.’
    • ‘With the admirable exception of the health services this has occurred in the past.’
    • ‘For all of Matthew's admirable qualities, he had one heartbreaking imperfection.’
    • ‘I laid out all that I find admirable in a working mixed-economy social democracy.’
    • ‘Good on you, Mr Daly - let's hope that others hasten to follow your admirable example.’
    • ‘It is admirable that she has made her opinion known regardless of what the implications may be.’
    • ‘They were vulnerable and needed special care and I have no doubt that much of what you did for them was admirable.’
    • ‘Here they reproduced that result with great quality and admirable bravery.’
    • ‘This will make an admirable temporary fence and I will have various uses for the mesh once it has done the job on the fence.’
    • ‘In this admirable system, one ranks the candidates in order of preference.’
    • ‘There is something admirable about her toughness - it's gutsy rather than selfish.’
    • ‘The initiatives taken by a number of villages that were badly hit by the tsunami is admirable.’
    • ‘Everyone agreed that Bryan Singer had done an admirable job in bringing the Marvel comic to the screen.’
    commendable, worthy of admiration, worthy of commendation, praiseworthy, laudable, estimable, meritorious, creditable, exemplary, exceptional, notable, honourable, worthy, deserving, respectable, worthwhile
    excellent, good, sterling, superb, superlative, brilliant, outstanding, first-rate, first-class, second to none, of the first order, of the highest order, of the first water, supreme, prime, great, fine, masterly, marvellous, wonderful, magnificent, impressive
    a1, wicked, stellar, super, splendiferous, top-notch, fab, ace, tip-top, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
    smashing, brill, champion, grand
    bully, badass
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Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin admirabilis to be wondered at from admirari (see admire).