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relating to or characterized by or a strong desire for something:
their aspirational goals for the New Year.
aimed at or appealing to people who want to attain a higher social position or standard of living:
a magazine featuring aspirational products for the home.
Medicine/Medical. relating to the act of removing a fluid from a body cavity or of inhaling a fluid into the lungs.
Phonetics. relating to articulation involving an audible puff of breath.
Contemporary Examples

As first lady, fashion has helped Obama shape an image that is both accessible and aspirational.
Michelle Obama’s First-Lady Fashion: Subtle and Savvy Robin Givhan September 3, 2012

Collectively, these young women are making entrepreneurship not just aspirational, but a little bit edgy.
Basics Beware: We’re All Girl Bosses Now Rachel Hills August 27, 2014

This aspirational element should be the centerpiece of the Republican message in this age of growing class bifurcation.
Off the Rails: How the Party of Lincoln Became the Party of Plutocrats Joel Kotkin November 21, 2012

And that was one of the reasons she was so popular with what were patronisingly called “the aspirational working classes.”
How Thatcher’s Ideology Threatens To Kill Zionism Samuel Lebens April 17, 2013

The site is more about an aspirational (read: unattainable) lifestyle than helpful tips.
Stepping in GOOP Megan Hustad December 3, 2008

This does not really address the aspirational reasons why so many Americans have been migrating to this region.
Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats Joel Kotkin December 20, 2014

Mattel successfully marketed them with jingles copping to the aspirational nature of their use.
Happy Bday Barbie! You’re Over Brandy Zadrozny March 8, 2014

Historical Examples

Can there possibly be friendships where there is no aspirational life?
The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 2 Elizabeth Bisland

Is not our horrible competitive civilization at last going to choke all aspirational life into silence?
The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 2 Elizabeth Bisland

His infatuation is known as el howa el’adhry (pure, or aspirational love).
The Syrian Christ Abraham Mitrie Rihbany


ambitious; desirous of success

She makes aspirational purchases of self-help books.


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