Imagine someone helps a beggar and you see their action / behavior and like it and want to give a compliment to them. OR someone says you some bad words in a situation and you instead give him a smile and ask him to keep calm without saying even a single bad word. I would be thankful if someone could tell me if in AE it is possible to say:
- His / her behavior was really admirable.
I'm asking this question because many dictionaries confirm that it is possible, but as far as I know in AE people use this adjective to describe a very serious situation like self-devotion or something like that. E.g. a pilot who saves 300 passengers lives by doing something very risky. If my taking is right, then I would be thankful if you could let me know how an AE native speaker would say the same thing in natural language?