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[uh-fek-shuh-nit] /əˈfɛk ʃə nɪt/
showing, indicating, or characterized by affection or love; fondly tender:
an affectionate embrace.
having great affection or love; warmly attached; loving:
your affectionate brother.
  1. strongly disposed or inclined.
  2. passionate; headstrong.
  3. biased; partisan.
Origin of affectionate
1485-95; affection1 + -ate1, on the model of passionate
Related forms
affectionately, adverb
affectionateness, noun
pseudoaffectionate, adjective
pseudoaffectionately, adverb
quasi-affectionate, adjective
quasi-affectionately, adverb
unaffectionate, adjective
unaffectionately, adverb
1. loving, fond. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unaffectionate
Historical Examples
  • 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 Wilkie Collins
  • 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
  • His devotion to the principles of pure despotism, renders him unaffectionate to our governments.

  • He had been an undutiful and unaffectionate son, and his parents were long since dead in any case.

    The Eel Miriam Allen DeFord
British Dictionary definitions for unaffectionate


having or displaying tender feelings, affection, or warmth: an affectionate mother, an affectionate letter
Derived Forms
affectionately, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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