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amiable

[ey-mee-uh-buh l] /ˈeɪ mi ə bəl/
adjective
1.
having or showing pleasant, good-natured personal qualities; affable:
an amiable disposition.
2.
friendly; sociable:
an amiable greeting; an amiable gathering.
3.
agreeable; willing to accept the wishes, decisions, or suggestions of another or others.
4.
Obsolete. lovable or lovely.
Origin of amiable
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin amīcābilis amicable
Related forms
amiability, amiableness, noun
amiably, adverb
quasi-amiable, adjective
quasi-amiably, adverb
unamiable, adjective
unamiableness, noun
unamiably, adverb
Can be confused
amiable, amicable.
Synonyms
1. gracious. 2. amicable.
Antonyms
1. rude. 2. unfriendly, hostile.
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Examples from the Web for unamiable
Historical Examples
  • Trifles show the temper—preserve me from an unamiable woman.

  • The unamiable glance of his eyes was on the instant surcharged with suspicion.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • This spirit is full of coldness, jealousy, and every unamiable sentiment.

    The Young Maiden

    A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
  • David found that life with his father now was life with an unamiable hornet.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • Some were beginning to be cross and unamiable, when Pete's head again appeared.

    'Our guy' Mrs. E. E. Boyd
  • A manifest heresy, but not new, nor unamiable, nor inexplicable.

    The Guardian Angel Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Now in this cave dwelt a dragon of enormous size and unamiable character.

    Prince Prigio Andrew Lang
  • The method of reserving all for self, is as unsuccessful as it is unamiable: it cannot succeed.

    The Parables of Our Lord William Arnot
  • His countenance and his voice must always have been unamiable.

  • It is not even its own reward, except for the self-centred and—I had almost said—the unamiable.

    The Pocket R.L.S. Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for unamiable

amiable

/ˈeɪmɪəbəl/
adjective
1.
having or displaying a pleasant or agreeable nature; friendly
Derived Forms
amiability, amiableness, noun
amiably, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Late Latin amīcābilisamicable
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Word Origin and History for unamiable

amiable

adj.

mid-14c., from Old French amiable, from Late Latin amicabilis "friendly," from amicus "friend," related to amare "to love" (see Amy). The form confused in Old French with amable "lovable," from Latin amare. Reborrowed later in proper Latin form as amicable.

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