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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

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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!

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    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.


British Dictionary definitions for lovably

lovable

loveable

adjective
  1. attracting or deserving affection
Derived Formslovability, loveability, lovableness or loveableness, nounlovably or 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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