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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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  • The room, the books, the piano—all spoke of her lovingly and lovably.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • She was so brave, and so headstrong, so lovably headstrong, and her beauty was so fresh and soft!

    The Missourian

    Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  • What a glorious, Godlike figure, and yet so prone to wrath and error, so lovably human.

  • I wish I could give reality to every part of that most noble, that most lovably beautiful temple.

    Familiar Spanish Travels W. D. Howells
British Dictionary definitions for lovably


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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