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[ey-mee-uh-buh l] /ˈeɪ mi ə bəl/
having or showing pleasant, good-natured personal qualities; affable:
an amiable disposition.
friendly; sociable:
an amiable greeting; an amiable gathering.
agreeable; willing to accept the wishes, decisions, or suggestions of another or others.
Obsolete. lovable or lovely.
Origin of amiable
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.
1. gracious. 2. amicable.
1. rude. 2. unfriendly, hostile. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for amiable
  • When smiling, all of us look more approachable and amiable.
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  • It was a quite amiable conversation.
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  • On a return visit we had a very amiable waiter who promptly took our drink order but then forgot to place it.
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British Dictionary definitions for amiable


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 amiable

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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