affectionate

[uh-fek-shuh-nit]
adjective
1.
showing, indicating, or characterized by affection or love; fondly tender: an affectionate embrace.
2.
having great affection or love; warmly attached; loving: your affectionate brother.
3.
Obsolete.
a.
strongly disposed or inclined.
b.
passionate; headstrong.
c.
biased; partisan.

Origin:
1485–95; affection1 + -ate1, on the model of passionate

affectionately, adverb
affectionateness, noun
pseudoaffectionate, adjective
pseudoaffectionately, adverb
quasi-affectionate, adjective
quasi-affectionately, adverb
unaffectionate, adjective
unaffectionately, adverb


1. loving, fond.
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affectionate (əˈfɛkʃənɪt)
 
adj
having or displaying tender feelings, affection, or warmth: an affectionate mother; an affectionate letter
 
af'fectionately
 
adv

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affectionate
1580s, "fond, loving," from affection (q.v.); early, now mostly obs., 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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Example sentences
They part affectionately, and the king rewards him with further gifts.
Many skiers and snowboarders now affectionately refer to their own equipment in
  the way once deemed derisive.
Peters' specialty is the time-honored technique of affectionately observing
  cultural differences.
And he was so honestly ill-at-ease that viewers came to be affectionately sorry
  for him.
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