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or loveable

[luhv-uh-buh l] /ˈlʌv ə bəl/
of such a nature as to attract love; deserving love; amiable; endearing.
Origin of lovable
First recorded in 1300-50, lovable is from the Middle English word lovable, lufabille. See love, -able
Related forms
lovability, lovableness, noun
lovably, adverb
unlovable, adjective
unlovableness, noun
unlovably, adverb
dear, tender, warm, affectionate. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for lovable
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  • Who was ever more agreeable and lovable than Malbone last night?

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • The women are of all types, from the most loathsome to the most lovable.

  • In this lovable mystery we journeyed all the rest of that morning.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • Dear happy, lovable youth that can sing to itself like that in the deep night!

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Some are delightfully ingenuous, with the lovable simplicity of the child.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
British Dictionary definitions for lovable


attracting or deserving affection
Derived Forms
lovability, loveability, lovableness, loveableness, noun
lovably, loveably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for lovable

also loveable, mid-14c., from love (v.) + -able. Related: Lovably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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