Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

amiable

[ey-mee-uh-buh l]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
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.
Show More

Origin of amiable

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin amīcābilis amicable
Related formsa·mi·a·bil·i·ty, a·mi·a·ble·ness, nouna·mi·a·bly, adverbqua·si-a·mi·a·ble, adjectivequa·si-a·mi·a·bly, adverbun·a·mi·a·ble, adjectiveun·a·mi·a·ble·ness, nounun·a·mi·a·bly, adverb
Can be confusedamiable amicable

Synonyms

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
1. gracious. 2. amicable.

Antonyms

1. rude. 2. unfriendly, hostile.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for unamiably

Historical Examples

  • And so Tiverton dispersed, unamiably, and with its public pride hurt to the quick.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • Phillis and Amyntas reappear and carry on a conversation, not unamiably, in a sort of hexametrical stichomythia.

  • Their national antipathies were, indeed, in that age, unreasonably and unamiably strong.

  • But he was pleased, nevertheless; and presently he asked me, not unamiably, to punish his claret again.

    In Search of the Unknown

    Robert W. Chambers


British Dictionary definitions for unamiably

amiable

adjective
  1. having or displaying a pleasant or agreeable nature; friendly
Show More
Derived Formsamiability or amiableness, nounamiably, adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Old French, from Late Latin amīcābilis amicable
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for unamiably

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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper