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[lahy-kuh-buh l] /ˈlaɪ kə bəl/
readily or easily liked; pleasing:
a likable young man.
Also, likeable.
Origin of likable
1720-30; like2 + -able
Related forms
likableness, likability, noun
unlikable, adjective
unlikableness, noun
unlikably, adverb
genial, attractive, winsome, engaging. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for likable
  • He was only elected because he was likable and was an excellent campaigner.
  • In the memories of his friends, he appears rather shy and reserved and quietly likable.
  • Repellent figures may become interesting and even likable to the reader as they grow older.
  • He's not entirely likable, doesn't seem to care, is full of vim and vitriol and everything is allowed in his worldview.
  • Here's the problem with both of these teams: they're too likable.
  • He gives a beautiful, modulated performance, and he's never been more likable.
  • Deep mythic structures determine who is likable and who isn't among the famous dead.
  • She's instantly likable, talking a mile a minute with an enthusiasm that's sometimes dizzying.
  • She was really excited about being able to sing and play a role that wasn't always likable.
  • Still, it was a handsome affair, and the students were a robust and likable crowd.
British Dictionary definitions for likable


easy to like; pleasing
Derived Forms
likability, likeability, likableness, likeableness, noun
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