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lovable

or loveable

[luhv-uh-buh l] /ˈlʌv ə bəl/
adjective
1.
of such a nature as to attract love; deserving love; amiable; endearing.
Origin of lovable
1300-1350
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
Synonyms
dear, tender, warm, affectionate.
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Examples from the Web for lovably
Historical Examples
  • 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

lovable

/ˈlʌvəbəl/
adjective
1.
attracting or deserving affection
Derived Forms
lovability, loveability, lovableness, loveableness, noun
lovably, loveably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for lovably

lovable

adj.

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

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