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[uh-fek-shuh-nit] /əˈfɛk ʃə nɪt/
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 forms
affectionately, adverb
affectionateness, noun
pseudoaffectionate, adjective
pseudoaffectionately, adverb
quasi-affectionate, adjective
quasi-affectionately, adverb
unaffectionate, adjective
unaffectionately, adverb
1. loving, fond. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for affectionate
  • Mr Scruton is an accomplished stylist and his vignettes of rural life are sparklingly written, affectionate without being cloying.
  • Most of the time they are placid, lovable, gentle and affectionate creatures.
  • They were narrated with an affectionate touch of humor.
  • They were affectionate, responding to any atttention in the most endearing way.
  • And when their pups are born, they become affectionate and attentive parents.
  • In youth this energy could be governed by the affectionate attention of fond parents.
  • My poodle cocker spaniel mix is very affectionate.
  • The series's affectionate, subtle but hard-hitting criticism continues to win it top ratings in its second season.
  • Hafner's whimsical watercolors present a cheerful, affectionate family portrait.
  • But what come through most strongly are his own non-judgmental memories as a puzzled but affectionate son.
British Dictionary definitions for affectionate


having or displaying tender feelings, affection, or warmth: an affectionate mother, an affectionate letter
Derived Forms
affectionately, adverb
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Word Origin and History for affectionate

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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