enviable
adjective Date: 1602 highly desirable • enviableness nounenviably adverb

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  • enviable — [ ɑ̃vjabl ] adj. • fin XIVe, rare av. 1830; de envier ♦ Qui est digne d envie; que l on peut envier. ⇒ désirable, souhaitable, tentant. Une situation, une position enviable. Un sort peu enviable. L homme d action leur « apparaissait comme un… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Enviable — En vi*a*ble, a. [From {Envy}.] Fitted to excite envy; capable of awakening an ardent desire to posses or to resemble. [1913 Webster] One of most enviable of human beings. Macaulay. {En vi*a*ble*ness}, n. {En vi*a*bly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • enviable — index meritorious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • enviable — c.1600, from ENVY (Cf. envy) + ABLE (Cf. able). Related: Enviably …   Etymology dictionary

  • enviable — [adj] desired, blessed advantageous, covetable, desirable, excellent, favored, fortunate, good, lucky, privileged, superior, welcome; concept 574 Ant. disadvantaged, undesirable, undesired, unenviable, unfavored, unlucky …   New thesaurus

  • enviable — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ arousing or likely to arouse envy. DERIVATIVES enviably adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • enviable — [en′vē ə bəl] adj. good enough to be envied or desired enviably adv …   English World dictionary

  • enviable — (an vi a bl ) adj. Digne d envie ; que l on peut envier ; à qui l on peut porter envie. Bien enviable. Personne enviable. HISTORIQUE    XVe s. •   Envieuse non enviable, EUST. DESCH. Poésies mss. dans LACURNE. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Envier …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • enviable — [[t]e̱nviəb(ə)l[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n You describe something such as a quality as enviable when someone else has it and you wish that you had it too. Japan, unlike other big economies, is in the enviable position of having a budget surplus …   English dictionary

  • enviable — en|vi|a|ble [ˈenviəbəl] adj an enviable quality, position, or possession is good and other people would like to have it ▪ Now he was in the enviable position of not having to work for a living. >enviably adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • enviable — adjective an enviable quality, position, or possession is good and other people would like to have it: Now he was in the enviable position of not having to work for a living. enviably adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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