- showing, indicating, or characterized by affection or love; fondly tender: an affectionate embrace.
- having great affection or love; warmly attached; loving: your affectionate brother.
- strongly disposed or inclined.
- passionate; headstrong.
- biased; partisan.
Origin of affectionate
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Examples from the Web for unaffectionate
Youre talking nonsense, and I think youre a very disobedient and unaffectionate girl.The Bishop's Apron
W. Somerset Maugham
His devotion to the principles of pure despotism renders him unaffectionate to our governments.
Rosamond was not unaffectionate, and not ungrateful; but she inherited much of her father's commonness and frivolity of character.After Dark
I cannot say he is neglectful of me, or unaffectionate; rather he is more attentive than before, more affectionate.The Poison Tree
Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
Certainly I already I remember with a smile and a not unaffectionate shrug troubles that seemed very dreadful a few years back.In the Mountains
Elizabeth von Arnim
- having or displaying tender feelings, affection, or warmthan affectionate mother; an affectionate letter
Word Origin and History for unaffectionate
1580s, "fond, loving," from affection + -ate (1). Early, now mostly obsolete, senses included "inclined" (1530s), "prejudiced" (1530s), "passionate" (1540s), "earnest" (c.1600). Other forms also used in the main modern sense of the word included affectious (1580s), affectuous (mid-15c.).