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[ey-mee-uh-buh l] /ˈeɪ mi ə bəl/
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
Related forms
amiability, amiableness, noun
amiably, adverb
quasi-amiable, adjective
quasi-amiably, adverb
unamiable, adjective
unamiableness, noun
unamiably, adverb
Can be confused
amiable, amicable.
1. gracious. 2. amicable.
1. rude. 2. unfriendly, hostile. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for amiably
Historical Examples
  • He now remembered how the Emperor, meeting him on the Nevsky, had amiably congratulated him.

    Father Sergius Leo Tolstoy
  • "Let us find her together," he said amiably, and so turned and went with her towards the archway.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • "Why certainly," he assented, amiably, as he stood looking down at her.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • “Gentlemen, the landscape fairly bristles with artillery,” he said amiably.

    The Coyote James Roberts
  • “Well, go ahead and blow it, then,” suggested Creede amiably.

    Hidden Water Dane Coolidge
  • He paused and Mrs. Gould said, amiably, "You are always welcome."

  • "I sharpen serpents' teeth from time to time," offered Bell amiably.

  • “I supposed you knew I was here,” said Smith to him amiably.

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
  • "Come and help me select some of these things, Miss Pat," she said amiably.

    Miss Pat at Artemis Lodge Pemberton Ginther
  • "Perhaps his business keeps him," said Miss Maddledock amiably.

British Dictionary definitions for amiably


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 amiably



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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