amiable

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Etymology[edit]

Middle English amyable, from Old French amiable, from Late Latin amīcābilis (friendly), from Latin amīcus (friend), from amō (I love). The meaning has been influenced by French aimable, Latin amābilis (loveable). Compare with amicable, amorous, amability.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈeɪ.mi.ə.bəl/, /ˈæ.mi.ə.bəl/

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amiable (comparative more amiable, superlative most amiable)

  1. Friendly; kind; sweet; gracious; as, an amiable temper or mood; amiable ideas.
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 3, The Younger Set[1]:
      A short time afterward at the opera Gerald dragged him into a parterre to say something amiable to one of the amiable débutante Craig girls—and Selwyn found himself again facing Alixe.
  2. Possessing sweetness of disposition; having sweetness of temper; kindhearted; which causes one to be liked; as, an amiable person.
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 3, The Younger Set[2]:
      A short time afterward at the opera Gerald dragged him into a parterre to say something amiable to one of the amiable débutante Craig girls—and Selwyn found himself again facing Alixe.

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Adjective[edit]

amiable m, f

  1. likable; amiable

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