affectionate

[ uh-fek-shuh-nit ]
/ əˈfɛk ʃə nɪt /

adjective

showing, indicating, or characterized by affection or love; fondly tender: an affectionate embrace.
having great affection or love; warmly attached; loving: your affectionate brother.
Obsolete.
  1. strongly disposed or inclined.
  2. passionate; headstrong.
  3. biased; partisan.

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Origin of affectionate

1485–95; affection1 + -ate1, on the model of passionate

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British Dictionary definitions for affectionate

affectionate
/ (əˈfɛkʃənɪt) /

adjective

having or displaying tender feelings, affection, or warmthan affectionate mother; an affectionate letter

Derived forms of affectionate

affectionately, adverb
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