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affectionate

[uh-fek-shuh-nit] /əˈfɛk ʃə nɪt/
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.
  1. strongly disposed or inclined.
  2. passionate; headstrong.
  3. biased; partisan.
Origin
1485-1495
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
Synonyms
1. loving, fond.
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Examples for affectionately
  • 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.
  • He is remembered affectionately for his commitment and leadership to the unit.
British Dictionary definitions for affectionately

affectionate

/əˈfɛkʃənɪt/
adjective
1.
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 affectionately
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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