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lovable

or love·a·ble

[luhv-uh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. 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 formslov·a·bil·i·ty, lov·a·ble·ness, nounlov·a·bly, adverbun·lov·a·ble, adjectiveun·lov·a·ble·ness, nounun·lov·a·bly, adverb

Synonyms

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dear, tender, warm, affectionate.
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Examples from the Web for lovable

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Historical Examples

  • 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

lovable

loveable

adjective
  1. attracting or deserving affection
Derived Formslovability, loveability, lovableness or loveableness, nounlovably or loveably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for lovable

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper