- 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 affectionately
Or as Jon Goldwater, publisher and co-CEO of Archie Comics, affectionately calls him, “Archie West.”Lena Dunham and the Renaissance of Archie Andrews (He’s Not Dead Yet)
April 9, 2014
A liberal's conception of tolerance presupposes what we once affectionately called "the Enlightenment."Women: Talk To The Wall
June 14, 2013
He was the “uncle” just as the BBC is affectionately known as “auntie.”Jimmy Savile Sex-Abuse Scandal Taints Entire Era in Britain
October 31, 2012
Disraeli affectionately (and with irreverence that shocked everyone but la reine) referred to Victoria as the "Faery Queen."Bachelor Brad Womack's Hidden Brilliance
February 20, 2011
These physical traits signal a woman who is “protective of her family” and also “affectionately sexual.”Tea Party Lewinsky Look-Alikes
The Daily Beast
October 4, 2010
She put her arms about her neck, and affectionately inquired the cause of her distress.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
"I couldn't be sad for long with you about, Emma," she said affectionately.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
And that I thanked him affectionately, and would never forget him.'Little Dorrit
Mother St. Sophie came up on to the platform and kissed me affectionately.
She kissed me affectionately, and on seeing my sulky face asked if I was not satisfied.
- having or displaying tender feelings, affection, or warmthan affectionate mother; an affectionate letter
Word Origin and History for affectionately
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.).