amiable

[ey-mee-uh-buhl]

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. amhara,
  2. amharic,
  3. amherst,
  4. ami,
  5. amiability,
  6. amianthoid,
  7. amianthus,
  8. amic,
  9. amicability,
  10. amicable

Origin of amiable

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin amīcābilis amicable

Related forms
Can be confusedamiable amicable

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British Dictionary definitions for amiable

amiable

adjective

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 amiable

amiable

adj.

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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