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amiable

[ey-mee-uh-buh l]
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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

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin amīcābilis amicable
Related formsa·mi·a·bil·i·ty, a·mi·a·ble·ness, nouna·mi·a·bly, adverbqua·si-a·mi·a·ble, adjectivequa·si-a·mi·a·bly, adverbun·a·mi·a·ble, adjectiveun·a·mi·a·ble·ness, nounun·a·mi·a·bly, adverb
Can be confusedamiable amicable

Synonyms

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1. gracious. 2. amicable.

Antonyms

1. rude. 2. unfriendly, hostile.
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Examples from the Web for amiable

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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

adjective
  1. having or displaying a pleasant or agreeable nature; friendly
Derived Formsamiability or amiableness, nounamiably, adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Old French, from Late Latin amīcābilis amicable
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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