- 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 amiable
According to owner Argiros, the answer is amiable discretion.Inside New York’s Most Powerful Diner
October 31, 2014
Why, they might even switch to amiable, Texas-accented, 77-year-old Schieffer, the television equivalent of comfort food.Jon Stewart and 'Meet The Press' Would Have Been One Unhappy Marriage
October 9, 2014
An amiable interviewee, he was more than willing to chat about acting technique, his wide range of screen roles, and much more.The Great Character Actor: Guy Pearce on His Brilliant Career, From ‘Priscilla’ to ‘The Rover’
May 23, 2014
A knock at the door interrupted him, and his face resumed its amiable expression.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
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February 20, 2014
I watched another three episodes, thinking it might just be a slow start—but no, the amiable, purposeless loafing continues.Yes, ‘Looking’ Is Boring. It’s the Drama Gays Deserve.
January 24, 2014
We all, indeed, once thought your temper soft and amiable: but why was it?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
I was as amiable as possible on the occasion, but all in vain.Lady Susan
Who could be so brutal as to blame so amiable, so candid a creature?Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
The amiable Mr. Cross allowed the foot to be raised into the boy's lap.In the Valley
So this amiable lunacy had its bearing on the economy of life!Tiverton Tales
- 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 amiable
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