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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 amiably
  • Songs plod along amiably enough, but her inner fire is a low flame.
  • He should have chatted about it amiably with senior professors and asked their advice.
  • Otherwise, he amiably sees the point of almost everybody.
  • The farmer who walked beside it nodded amiably to us but seemed disinclined to make the animal move any faster.
  • Savannah, with its incessant quarrels over the virtues of preservation and growth, has always been an amiably contentious place.
  • The leaders of the two nations have talked amiably by telephone while watching one another on television screens.
  • The film itself seemed amiably innocuous, no more or less gripping than the average training manual.
  • The narrative on which these pleasantries are strung is amiably daft.
  • And yet he continued to talk amiably, showing me a surprising sculpture he valued.
  • The harried staff rushes amiably through the place, hauling giant platters.
British Dictionary definitions for amiably


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 amiably



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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