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amiable

[ey-mee-uh-buhl]
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adjective
  1. having or showing pleasant, good-natured personal qualities; affable: an amiable disposition.
  2. friendly; sociable: an amiable greeting; an amiable gathering.
  3. agreeable; willing to accept the wishes, decisions, or suggestions of another or others.
  4. Obsolete. lovable or lovely.
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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

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Examples from the Web for unamiable

Historical Examples

  • Trifles show the temper—preserve me from an unamiable woman.

    Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII. No. 3. March 1848

    Various

  • The unamiable glance of his eyes was on the instant surcharged with suspicion.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • This spirit is full of coldness, jealousy, and every unamiable sentiment.

    The Young Maiden

    A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey

  • David found that life with his father now was life with an unamiable hornet.

    Bob, Son of Battle

    Alfred Ollivant

  • Some were beginning to be cross and unamiable, when Pete's head again appeared.

    'Our guy'

    Mrs. E. E. Boyd


British Dictionary definitions for unamiable

amiable

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

Word Origin

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

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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