- 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 affectionate
I get the benefit of 50 years-worth of television that people are affectionate about.Doctor Who: It’s Time For a Black, Asian, or Woman Doctor
December 11, 2014
Not all the women Dodsworth included had positive or affectionate things to say about their breasts.Women, It's Time to Reclaim Our Breasts
September 9, 2014
He was a beautiful child, sweet natured, affectionate, with cocoa-colored skin and a thousand-watt smile.The Cost: What Stop and Frisk Does to a Young Man’s Soul
May 21, 2014
While we did not ‘know’ each other in a Biblical sense, it was nevertheless inappropriately romantic and affectionate.Sex Scandal Rocks the Duggars’ Christian Patriarchy Movement
April 16, 2014
The company describes it as an “affectionate, irreverent re-telling of the ultimate best-seller.”Irish Town Shuts Down ‘Blasphemous’ Play
January 25, 2014
Paralus ever lived in affectionate communion with the birds and the flowers.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Percival felt they were all regarding him now with affectionate concern.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Come to me as before, and you shall find me as I have ever been—affectionate and kind.
Our meeting, after mutual recognition, was affectionate and cordial.Biography of a Slave
But she is so affectionate, one does not know how to be angry with her.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
- having or displaying tender feelings, affection, or warmthan affectionate mother; an affectionate letter
Word Origin and History for affectionate
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.).