[ ey-mee-uh-buhl ]
/ ˈeɪ mi ə bəl /
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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.
OTHER WORDS FOR amiable
OPPOSITES FOR amiable
2 unfriendly, hostile.
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Origin of amiable
1300–50; Middle English <Middle French <Late Latin amīcābilisamicable
OTHER WORDS FROM amiable
a·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, adverb
un·a·mi·a·ble, adjectiveun·a·mi·a·ble·ness, nounun·a·mi·a·bly, adverb
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH amiableamiable , amicable
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How to use amiable in a sentence
He stood in the kitchen of the Round Tower chatting amiably over instant coffee with the different staff members and researchers.Working in The Royal Archives and Dreaming Up a Novel|Tom Sykes|October 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The stars chat amiably about sex and other topics in “Fighting for Love,” the cover story of the current AARP The Magazine.Meryl Streep, ‘Hope Springs,’ and Senior Sex: Why Seniors Are Getting It On|Karen Springen|August 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He poked his head in at an open door, and called, amiably, "Kin anybody tell me where to find Mr. Castle?"Scattergood Baines|Clarence Budington Kelland
Even the gruff, grumpy, unsociable rhinoceros amiably allowed him to stroke its head with his trunk.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands|R.M. Ballantyne
The boys went through the ordeal fairly well, being amiably desirous of pleasing the proud needlewomen.The Story of the Big Front Door|Mary Finley Leonard
He merely smiled amiably and said he didn't think he cared to take on a laborer's job.The Hidden Places|Bertrand W. Sinclair
"Yes, it makes it rather awkward," Mrs. Lovick amiably conceded.The Tragic Muse|Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for amiable
/ (ˈeɪmɪəbəl) /
having or displaying a pleasant or agreeable nature; friendly
Derived forms of amiableamiability or amiableness, nounamiably, adverb
Word Origin for amiable
C14: from Old French, from Late Latin amīcābilis amicable
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