- having or showing pleasant, good-natured personal qualities; affable: an amiable disposition.
- friendly; sociable: an amiable greeting; an amiable gathering.
- agreeable; willing to accept the wishes, decisions, or suggestions of another or others.
- Obsolete. lovable or lovely.
Origin of amiable
1300–50; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin amīcābilis amicable
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1. gracious. 2. amicable.
1. rude. 2. unfriendly, hostile.
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Examples from the Web for amiability
"Sure, I understand," Garson replied, with an amiability equal to the Inspector's own.Within the Law
He is a remarkable cat, noted particularly for his intelligence and amiability.Concerning Cats
Helen M. Winslow
She would run herself into amiability and then stop, but not before.The Night Riders
This declaration of Mr. Garth's veracity was not conducive to amiability.The Shadow of a Crime
Mr. Caryll, the picture of amiability, smiled between spoonfuls.The Lion's Skin
- having or displaying a pleasant or agreeable nature; friendly
C14: from Old French, from Late Latin amīcābilis amicable
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Word Origin and History for amiability
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