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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Before long, the estimable Dick Cheney took over the top job.
▪ First runner-up wins the tacky but estimable Style Invitational Loser Pen.
▪ Products range from the truly estimable and inspired to the merely pretty and, sometimes, meretricious.
▪ The estimable Howell Binkley does not disappoint with his atmospheric lighting.
▪ The morally estimable act of exposing to us the worst in ourselves nearly always has something morally equivocal about it.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Estimable \Es"ti*ma*ble\, a. [F. estimable, or L. aestimabilis. See Esteem.]

  1. Capable of being estimated or valued; as, estimable damage.
    --Paley. .

  2. Valuable; worth a great price. [R.]

    A pound of man's flesh, taken from a man, Is not so estimable, profitable neither, As flesh of muttons, beefs, or goats.

  3. Worth of esteem or respect; deserving our good opinion or regard.

    A lady said of her two companions, that one was more amiable, the other more estimable.
    --Sir W. Temple.


Estimable \Es"ti*ma*ble\, n. A thing worthy of regard. [R.]

One of the peculiar estimables of her country.
--Sir T. Browne.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., "capable of being estimated," from Old French estimable and directly from Latin aestimabilis "valuable, estimable," from aestimare (see esteem (v.)). Meaning "worthy of esteem" in English is from 1690s.


a. 1 Worthy of esteem; admirable. 2 (context archaic English) valuable. 3 Capable of being estimated.

  1. adj. deserving of respect or high regard [ant: contemptible]

  2. deserving of esteem and respect; "all respectable companies give guarantees"; "ruined the family's good name" [syn: good, honorable, respectable]

  3. may be computed or estimated; "a calculable risk"; "computable odds"; "estimable assets" [syn: computable]

Usage examples of "estimable".

In all the private relations of life he is a most estimable man,--in his public situation indefatigable, prompt, and attentive to the meanest application.

Douglas Campbell, the present head of the Ducal House of Argyll, unites in himself many of the most estimable qualities that enabled his ancestors, apart from the mere accident of birth, to achieve greatness.

There was, however, a species of vulgarity about Hogg, which marred his otherwise estimable qualities, and his uncouth Johnsonian habits were probably the means of erecting a barrier between himself and more cultivated friends.

With as unfailing certainty as if they had been regulated by the laws of primogeniture and entail, this estimable clergyman has inherited the gifts and graces of his esteemed father.

As for Madame Deberle she was most estimable, in spite of her somewhat flighty ways, which were doubtless due to her Parisian education.

Tregars and the commissary walked in, the estimable hostess of the Hotel des Folies was kneeling in front of the fire, preparing some medicine.

He was ignorant of the revenge he had on Gower, whose diction had not been particularly estimable.

And how did a piece of slime like Phil Frigging Skink get the estimable Troy Jefferson, with his overt political ambitions, to offer a lowball plea in the first place?

One of these friends was Miss Benger, an estimable literary lady, who had considerable celebrity a quarter of a century ago.

Despite the numerous and well-armed guards, Don Humberto would not hear of his guest departing with less than a full squad of his own lancer-bodyguards, a quartet of servants, and a fully equipped and provided pack train to afford the estimable Conde Maylo de Morre security and civilized comforts on the long trek over the mountains.

At the decease of your late most honored and much lamented parent, the illustrious senator Tiepolo, the care of your person, lady, was committed by the Republic, your natural and careful protector, to the especial guardianship and wisdom of Signore Alessandro Gradenigo, of illustrious birth and estimable qualities.

Count Bismarck has not condescended to send a reply to the Corps Diplomatique, requesting to be allowed to establish postal communication with their Governments, much to the disgust of that estimable body.

Dictionary itself, or any other work, had conceived such a reverence for him, that he urgently begged Dr. Burney to give him the cover of the first letter he had received from him, as a relick of so estimable a writer.

Since it was the highly estimable Eastern Steamship Line running daily up the coast from Boston to Bangor, the brochure avoided such harsh terms in favor of the overblown moniker third-class lounge.

I thanked the kindly unknown, and was delighted to see before me this famous and estimable writer, whose works are an honour to the English nation.