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[ ey-mee-uh-buhl ]


  1. having or showing pleasant, good-natured personal qualities; affable:

    an amiable disposition.

    Synonyms: gracious

    Antonyms: rude

  2. friendly; sociable:

    an amiable greeting; an amiable gathering.

    Synonyms: amicable

    Antonyms: hostile, unfriendly

  3. agreeable; willing to accept the wishes, decisions, or suggestions of another or others.
  4. Obsolete. lovable or lovely.


/ ˈeɪmɪəbəl /


  1. having or displaying a pleasant or agreeable nature; friendly
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Derived Forms

  • ˌamiaˈbility, noun
  • ˈamiably, adverb
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Other Words From

  • ami·a·bili·ty ami·a·ble·ness noun
  • ami·a·bly adverb
  • quasi-ami·a·ble adjective
  • quasi-ami·a·bly adverb
  • un·ami·a·ble adjective
  • un·ami·a·ble·ness noun
  • un·ami·a·bly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of amiable1

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin amīcābilis amicable
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Word History and Origins

Origin of amiable1

C14: from Old French, from Late Latin amīcābilis amicable
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Example Sentences

In these scenes the film is fully in joke mode, poking amiable fun at the cheesy Quebecois-ness of the Dion family, here rechristened Dieu.

Bright and amiable, with long brown hair and wraparound shades, Sebastian lived in Santa Rosa Beach and enjoyed the usual Florida-boy fare—swimming, snorkeling, and hanging with his buddies, who nicknamed themselves the Tribe.

For the most part, the group is an active, amiable one in which linguaphiles help one another with translator minutia.

The article is an amiable part of a special issue on spring travel, but an army of trolls, angry Boulderites, and Front Range truthers took to their devices to rip it to shreds.

Coming to America was an amiable modern fairytale, a delightful picture that might have seemed conventional in 1988 but looks better with age.

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According to owner Argiros, the answer is amiable discretion.

Why, they might even switch to amiable, Texas-accented, 77-year-old Schieffer, the television equivalent of comfort food.

Moore is famously amiable and social-media savvy, and he takes a gentler and more sophisticated tone than his predecessor.

An amiable interviewee, he was more than willing to chat about acting technique, his wide range of screen roles, and much more.

A knock at the door interrupted him, and his face resumed its amiable expression.

Neantmoins, et nostre abord cette soire, et le lendemain matin nostre descente fut fort amiable et pacifique.

He was a manly young fellow, a sportsman and renowned at cricket, and she was amiable and pretty, a little blonde beauty.

She was very amiable during the walk back, and raved much over Edna's appearance in her bathing suit.

You will do well to send a note to your amiable friend Carr; it may save him a useless journey; for at my table he shall not sit.

I felt quite sure that Mr Lockhart would find her, he is such an obliging and amiable man, as well as clever.