Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Possible to estimate.
  • adjective Deserving of esteem; admirable.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Capable of being estimated or valued: as, estimable damage.
  • Valuable; worth a price.
  • Worthy of esteem or respect; deserving of good opinion or regard.
  • noun That which is valuable or highly esteemed; one who or that which is worthy of regard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Capable of being estimated or valued.
  • adjective rare Valuable; worth a great price.
  • adjective Worth of esteem or respect; deserving our good opinion or regard.
  • noun rare A thing worthy of regard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Worthy of esteem; admirable.
  • adjective archaic Valuable.
  • adjective Capable of being estimated.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective deserving of esteem and respect
  • adjective may be computed or estimated
  • adjective deserving of respect or high regard

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin aestimābilis, from aestimāre, to value.]

Examples

  • "When a married man becomes what you call estimable," said Donna

    Don Orsino

  • The 'estimable' critic Ben Davis wows the pseudo Marxists/Socialists, but the guy should actually try and be a real Socialist for one month and then get back to us.

    Comrade Davis (repost)

  • I am naturally, ...err , flattered that you refer to me as 'estimable', but am surprised that the only answer to the perfectly justified observation I made that it is 'bonkers' to assert that there have been 'deliberate moves' to break up the normal family as an aside, whatever that is is to make this comment:

    [those days] under the microscope

  • This great small research university is mentioned in passing by Gregg Easterbrook as among the "estimable" colleges (though it actually belongs in the "slightly less good than the elites" category).

    Letters to the Editor

  • This great small research university is mentioned in passing by Gregg Easterbrook as among the "estimable" colleges (though it actually belongs in the "slightly less good than the elites" category).

    Letters to the Editor

  • "Aunt Julia says he is really a very estimable man -- Cordelia, if I was a man I just wouldn't be an 'estimable' one."

    The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch

  • But the action was nonetheless 'estimable' and the navy commandos intercept the Mavi Marmara on its way to break the

    WN.com - Photown News

  • But the action was nonetheless 'estimable' and the navy commandos intercept the Mavi Marmara on its way to break the

    WN.com - Photown News

  • But the action was nonetheless 'estimable' and the navy commandos intercept the Mavi Marmara on its way to break the

    WN.com - Photown News

  • But the action was nonetheless 'estimable' and the navy commandos intercept the Mavi Marmara on its way to break the

    WN.com - Photown News

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