Definition: (1) deserving of the highest esteem; a person who inspires approval or respect; (2) worthy of emulation in character or quality

Synonyms: approbatory, choice, excellent, magnificent, pleasing, worthy

Derivation: Latin, “to wonder”

To be one’s self, and unafraid whether right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformity. — Irving Wallace (1919-1990) American author
There is only one admirable form of the imagination: the imagination that is so intense that it creates a new reality, that it makes things happen. — Sean Proinsias O’Faolain (1900-1991) Irish short-story writer

Comment: Definition number (2) may need some explanation. This is hero worship. When someone appreciates another person to the point of wanting to be like them, they often mimic their behavior. By attempting to copy the admired person’s positive qualities; they are personalizing those values bringing them into their own soul.