showing, indicating, or characterized by affection or love; fondly tender: an affectionate embrace.
having great affection or love; warmly attached; loving: your affectionate brother.
  1. strongly disposed or inclined.
  2. passionate; headstrong.
  3. biased; partisan.

Origin of affectionate

1485–95; affection1 + -ate1, on the model of passionate
Related formsaf·fec·tion·ate·ly, adverbaf·fec·tion·ate·ness, nounpseu·do·af·fec·tion·ate, adjectivepseu·do·af·fec·tion·ate·ly, adverbqua·si-af·fec·tion·ate, adjectivequa·si-af·fec·tion·ate·ly, adverbun·af·fec·tion·ate, adjectiveun·af·fec·tion·ate·ly, adverb

Synonyms for affectionate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unaffectionate

Historical Examples of unaffectionate

  • Youre talking nonsense, and I think youre a very disobedient and unaffectionate girl.

    The Bishop's Apron

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • His devotion to the principles of pure despotism renders him unaffectionate to our governments.

  • Rosamond was not unaffectionate, and not ungrateful; but she inherited much of her father's commonness and frivolity of character.

    After Dark

    Wilkie Collins

  • I cannot say he is neglectful of me, or unaffectionate; rather he is more attentive than before, more affectionate.

    The Poison Tree

    Bankim Chandra Chatterjee

  • Certainly I already I remember with a smile and a not unaffectionate shrug troubles that seemed very dreadful a few years back.

    In the Mountains

    Elizabeth von Arnim

British Dictionary definitions for unaffectionate



having or displaying tender feelings, affection, or warmthan affectionate mother; an affectionate letter
Derived Formsaffectionately, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unaffectionate



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.).

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