having or showing pleasant, good-natured personal qualities; affable: an amiable disposition.
friendly; sociable: an amiable greeting; an amiable gathering.
agreeable; willing to accept the wishes, decisions, or suggestions of another or others.
Obsolete. lovable or lovely.

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 for amiable

Antonyms for amiable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for amiability

Historical Examples of amiability

  • "Sure, I understand," Garson replied, with an amiability equal to the Inspector's own.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • He is a remarkable cat, noted particularly for his intelligence and amiability.

    Concerning Cats

    Helen M. Winslow

  • She would run herself into amiability and then stop, but not before.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • This declaration of Mr. Garth's veracity was not conducive to amiability.

  • Mr. Caryll, the picture of amiability, smiled between spoonfuls.

    The Lion's Skin

    Rafael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for amiability



having or displaying a pleasant or agreeable nature; friendly
Derived Formsamiability or amiableness, nounamiably, adverb

Word Origin for amiable

C14: from Old French, from Late Latin amīcābilis amicable
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Word Origin and History for amiability

1807; see amiable + -ity. Amiableness is recorded from 1530s.



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.

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