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[kuh m-pan-yuh-nuh-buh l] /kəmˈpæn yə nə bəl/
possessing the qualities of a good companion; pleasant to be with; congenial.
Origin of companionable
1350-1400; Middle English. See companion1, -able
Related forms
companionability, companionableness, noun
companionably, adverb
uncompanionable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for companionable
  • Only the thick stars, closer and more companionable than in months of foliage, burn alert and serene.
  • They may rest in the same general area, or companionable animals may pair for sleeping while swimming.
  • She and her husband enjoyed a close and companionable relationship, and she wrote to him of her hopes for an independent nation.
British Dictionary definitions for companionable


suited to be a companion; sociable
Derived Forms
companionableness, companionability, noun
companionably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for companionable

1620s, from companion + -able. Related: Companionably; companionability.

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