formidable formidable  /ˈfɔr mə də bəl/


  1. (adj) extremely impressive in strength or excellence
  2. (adj) inspiring fear



  1. Wie is driving her way straight through golf's formidable gender barriers.
  2. But she's a formidable opponent and she's done very well, in my view.
  3. Chubais may look like a Westernizing technocrat, but he has proved to be a formidable Kremlin infighter.


  1. NBA Finals 2013: Examining Miami Heat's extra gear

    There is no other team in the NBA like the Heat, insofar as there is no combination of stars akin to LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The challenge of contending with those three — in either a well-spaced offense or scrambling defense — is strange and often devastating, as even formidable opponents fall victim to the crushing surges of which Miami is capable.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Sports Illustrated

  2. US military aid to Syria rebels: Why Obama is starting with the minimum

    President Obama’s decision to send arms to Syria’s rebels is likely to start with the minimum necessary to make good on his pledge to “change the calculus” if Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad were to resort to using his formidable chemical weapons stocks in the country’s civil war.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! News

  3. Former Blagojevich lawyer joins Jacksons' legal team

    Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife have assembled a formidable team of eight lawyers assisting in their defense as they prepare for sentencing July 3, court filings show.        
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Chicago Tribune


  1. Romer, who was a national co-chairman of president Bill Clinton's re-election campaign in 1996, said "Senator Clinton has been a very strong and formidable candidate."
    on May 13, 2008 By: Roy Romer Source: AFP

  2. "My attitude is that Senator Clinton can run as long as she wants. Her name is on the ballot and she is a fierce and formidable competitor and she obviously believes that she would make the best nominee and the best president and I think that, you...
    on Mar 29, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: FOXNews

  3. "There should be no doubt that meeting the target of a 50 per cent cut in emissions represents a formidable challenge," Nobuo Tanaka, executive director of the Paris-based IEA, told a press conference in Tokyo. "We would require immediate...
    on Jun 5, 2008 By: Nobuo Tanaka Source: The Age

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