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[lahy-kuh-buh l] /ˈlaɪ kə bəl/
readily or easily liked; pleasing:
a likable young man.
Origin of likable
1720-30; like2 + -able
Related forms
likableness, likability, likeableness, likeability, noun
unlikable, unlikeable, adjective
unlikableness, unlikeableness, noun
unlikably, unlikeably, adverb
genial, attractive, winsome, engaging. Unabridged
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  • They are so lively and likeable it seems churlish to suggest that she overrates their importance.
  • The central character is a likeable and dedicated policeman with a dry sense of humour.
  • He explains what made them likeable, and what made them maddening.
  • The two are earnest, likeable, committed and throughly decent.
  • These can include efficient management, likeable candidates and objectionable opponents.
  • Voters want someone who has the extraordinary talents necessary to do the job, yet who also seems ordinary and likeable.
  • But in a larger sense, people realize that zombies are likeable villains.
  • She was likeable in that she was happy and filled with joy.
  • They seem likeable and wholesome, exotic yet familiar, and inherently optimistic.
  • They gather to help the likeable milkman when he is pestered by local bullies.
British Dictionary definitions for likeable


easy to like; pleasing
Derived Forms
likability, likeability, likableness, likeableness, noun
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Word Origin and History for likeable

also likable, 1730, from like (v.) + -able. Related: Likeableness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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