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[uh-fek-shuh-nit] /əˈfɛk ʃə nɪt/
showing, indicating, or characterized by affection or love; fondly tender:
an affectionate embrace.
having great affection or love; warmly attached; loving:
your affectionate brother.
  1. strongly disposed or inclined.
  2. passionate; headstrong.
  3. biased; partisan.
Origin of affectionate
1485-95; affection1 + -ate1, on the model of passionate
Related forms
affectionately, adverb
affectionateness, noun
pseudoaffectionate, adjective
pseudoaffectionately, adverb
quasi-affectionate, adjective
quasi-affectionately, adverb
unaffectionate, adjective
unaffectionately, adverb
1. loving, fond. Unabridged
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  • Paralus ever lived in affectionate communion with the birds and the flowers.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Percival felt they were all regarding him now with affectionate concern.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Come to me as before, and you shall find me as I have ever been—affectionate and kind.

  • Our meeting, after mutual recognition, was affectionate and cordial.

    Biography of a Slave Charles Thompson
  • But she is so affectionate, one does not know how to be angry with her.

British Dictionary definitions for affectionate


having or displaying tender feelings, affection, or warmth: an affectionate mother, an affectionate letter
Derived Forms
affectionately, adverb
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Word Origin and History for affectionate

1580s, "fond, loving," from affection + -ate (1). Early, now mostly obsolete, senses included "inclined" (1530s), "prejudiced" (1530s), "passionate" (1540s), "earnest" (c.1600). Other forms also used in the main modern sense of the word included affectious (1580s), affectuous (mid-15c.).

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