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.

Nearby words

  1. affectedly,
  2. affecting,
  3. affection,
  4. affectional,
  5. affectional orientation,
  6. affectionately,
  7. affective,
  8. affective disorder,
  9. affective fallacy,
  10. affective psychosis

Origin of affectionate

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

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British Dictionary definitions for affectionately

affectionate

/ (əˈfɛkʃənɪt) /

adjective

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

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