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lovable

or loveable

[luhv-uh-buh l] /ˈlʌv ə bəl/
adjective
1.
of such a nature as to attract love; deserving love; amiable; endearing.
Origin of lovable
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English lovable, lufabille. See love, -able
Related forms
lovability, lovableness, noun
lovably, adverb
unlovable, adjective
unlovableness, noun
unlovably, adverb
Synonyms
dear, tender, warm, affectionate.
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  • Lorimer is one of the most lovable fellows in the world, generous and loyal; but he is weak.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • The women are of all types, from the most loathsome to the most lovable.

  • Yet he knew her as a natural, lovable woman, a mother who had suffered and would suffer because of her love for her only child.

    Visionaries James Huneker
  • In this lovable mystery we journeyed all the rest of that morning.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • Beneath his Scotch nimbleness of mind there was a broad, tolerant, and lovable heart.

    Under Four Administrations Oscar S. Straus
British Dictionary definitions for lovable

lovable

/ˈlʌvəbəl/
adjective
1.
attracting or deserving affection
Derived Forms
lovability, loveability, lovableness, loveableness, noun
lovably, loveably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for lovable
adj.

also loveable, mid-14c., from love (v.) + -able. Related: Lovably.

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