Definitions

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  • adj. Being ambitious.
  • adj. Desiring success.
  • adj. expressing a hope or intention but not creating a legally binding obligation.
  • n. A person with aspirations.

Etymologies

aspiration +‎ -al (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This is not what you call aspirational behavior by a main character.

    Mike Bonifer: McChrystal Method

  • In Baghdad, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the United States and Iraq have agreed to what she called aspirational timetables.

    CNN Transcript Aug 21, 2008

  • Officials said they found what they call "aspirational" items - things al-Qaida operatives were interested in trying to make happen.

    msnbc.com: Top msnbc.com headlines

  • The American fetishization of work as an ideal removes it from practical reality every time it is described as aspirational.

    MY EMPIRE OF DIRT

  • The APEC Leaders agreed towork to achieve a common understanding on a long-term aspirational global emissions reduction goal.

    Speech at the Major Economies Meeting

  • As part of this decision, Australia will set a long term aspirational goal for reducing national greenhouse gas emissions in 2008.

    Speech at the Major Economies Meeting

  • Australia would like to see the APEC Leaders agree for the first time that a new international agreement should include an agreed long-term aspirational goal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    Speech: Future Challenges Facing APEC and the Asia-Pacific Region

  • The APEC Leaders agreed to work to achieve a common understanding on a long-term aspirational global emissions reduction goal.

    Speech: High-Level Event on Climate Change

  • Her own personal taste is at the opposite end of the spectrum, but it too could be called aspirational—or by its more old-fashioned names, hung with Didionesque class opprobrium: arriviste or nouveau riche.

    I Feel Earthquakes More Often Than They Happen

  • Based on our success to date and our view to the future developed through our long-range planning process that we put into place earlier this year, we have announced in our earnings release today a new, long-term aspirational profit target.

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

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