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amiable

[ey-mee-uh-buh l] /ˈeɪ mi ə bəl/
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.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin amīcābilis amicable
Related forms
amiability, amiableness, noun
amiably, adverb
quasi-amiable, adjective
quasi-amiably, adverb
unamiable, adjective
unamiableness, noun
unamiably, adverb
Can be confused
amiable, amicable.
Synonyms
1. gracious. 2. amicable.
Antonyms
1. rude. 2. unfriendly, hostile.
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British Dictionary definitions for amiability

amiable

/ˈeɪmɪəbəl/
adjective
1.
having or displaying a pleasant or agreeable nature; friendly
Derived Forms
amiability, amiableness, noun
amiably, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Late Latin amīcābilisamicable
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Word Origin and History for amiability
n.

1807; see amiable + -ity. Amiableness is recorded from 1530s.

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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