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amiable

[ey-mee-uh-buh l] /ˈeɪ mi ə bəl/
adjective
1.
having or showing pleasant, good-natured personal qualities; affable:
an amiable disposition.
2.
friendly; sociable:
an amiable greeting; an amiable gathering.
3.
agreeable; willing to accept the wishes, decisions, or suggestions of another or others.
4.
Obsolete. lovable or lovely.
Origin of amiable
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin amīcābilis amicable
Related forms
amiability, amiableness, noun
amiably, adverb
quasi-amiable, adjective
quasi-amiably, adverb
unamiable, adjective
unamiableness, noun
unamiably, adverb
Can be confused
amiable, amicable.
Synonyms
1. gracious. 2. amicable.
Antonyms
1. rude. 2. unfriendly, hostile.
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  • We all, indeed, once thought your temper soft and amiable: but why was it?

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • I was as amiable as possible on the occasion, but all in vain.

    Lady Susan Jane Austen
  • Who could be so brutal as to blame so amiable, so candid a creature?

  • The amiable Mr. Cross allowed the foot to be raised into the boy's lap.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • So this amiable lunacy had its bearing on the economy of life!

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for amiable

amiable

/ˈeɪmɪəbəl/
adjective
1.
having or displaying a pleasant or agreeable nature; friendly
Derived Forms
amiability, amiableness, noun
amiably, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Late Latin amīcābilisamicable
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Word Origin and History for amiable
adj.

mid-14c., from Old French amiable, from Late Latin amicabilis "friendly," from amicus "friend," related to amare "to love" (see Amy). The form confused in Old French with amable "lovable," from Latin amare. Reborrowed later in proper Latin form as amicable.

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