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affectionate

[uh-fek-shuh-nit] /əˈfɛk ʃə nɪt/
adjective
1.
showing, indicating, or characterized by affection or love; fondly tender:
an affectionate embrace.
2.
having great affection or love; warmly attached; loving:
your affectionate brother.
3.
Obsolete.
  1. strongly disposed or inclined.
  2. passionate; headstrong.
  3. biased; partisan.
Origin of affectionate
1485-1495
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
Synonyms
1. loving, fond.
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Examples from the Web for affectionately
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  • She put her arms about her neck, and affectionately inquired the cause of her distress.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • "I couldn't be sad for long with you about, Emma," she said affectionately.

  • And that I thanked him affectionately, and would never forget him.'

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Mother St. Sophie came up on to the platform and kissed me affectionately.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • She kissed me affectionately, and on seeing my sulky face asked if I was not satisfied.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
British Dictionary definitions for affectionately

affectionate

/əˈfɛkʃənɪt/
adjective
1.
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 affectionately
adv.

1580s, from affectionate + -ly (2).

affectionate

adj.

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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