Definition of admirable in US English:

admirable

adjective

  • 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’
    • ‘For all of Matthew's admirable qualities, he had one heartbreaking imperfection.’
    • ‘The initiatives taken by a number of villages that were badly hit by the tsunami is admirable.’
    • ‘There is something admirable about her toughness - it's gutsy rather than selfish.’
    • ‘She clearly had to struggle to force herself on at times; and that, in my opinion, is admirable.’
    • ‘They demonstrated an admirable grasp of the first rule of business: adapt to survive.’
    • ‘Celibacy is something many have to face for various good, sometimes admirable, reasons.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is admirable that she has made her opinion known regardless of what the implications may be.’
    • ‘Good on you, Mr Daly - let's hope that others hasten to follow your admirable example.’
    • ‘I laid out all that I find admirable in a working mixed-economy social democracy.’
    • ‘With the admirable exception of the health services this has occurred in the past.’
    • ‘After this admirable book, the reader can return to listening to Strauss with added enjoyment.’
    • ‘A dog, for all its admirable and unique qualities, is not a human being and is not treated in the law as such.’
    • ‘Everyone agreed that Bryan Singer had done an admirable job in bringing the Marvel comic to the screen.’
    • ‘Here they reproduced that result with great quality and admirable bravery.’
    • ‘In this admirable system, one ranks the candidates in order of preference.’
    • ‘One admirable attempt to this end has been that of the British Government.’
    • ‘But then I find myself asking why competition is seen as such an admirable quality.’
    • ‘There is a plethora of admirable precedents to this form of conservatism.’
    • ‘They were vulnerable and needed special care and I have no doubt that much of what you did for them was admirable.’
    commendable, worthy of admiration, worthy of commendation, praiseworthy, laudable, estimable, meritorious, creditable, exemplary, exceptional, notable, honourable, worthy, deserving, respectable, worthwhile
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Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin admirabilis ‘to be wondered at’, from admirari (see admire).

Pronunciation

admirable

/ˈadm(ə)rəb(ə)l//ˈædm(ə)rəb(ə)l/