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or loveable

[luhv-uh-buh l] /ˈlʌv ə bəl/
of such a nature as to attract love; deserving love; amiable; endearing.
Origin of lovable
1300-50; Middle English lovable, lufabille. See love, -able
Related forms
lovability, lovableness, noun
lovably, adverb
unlovable, adjective
unlovableness, noun
unlovably, adverb
dear, tender, warm, affectionate. Unabridged
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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
  • To each she represented womanhood—beautiful, modest, lovable.

    The Greater Love George T. McCarthy
  • 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
  • Rita had often distressed her, but still she was most lovable, with all her faults.

    Margaret Montfort Laura E. Richards
  • 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


attracting or deserving affection
Derived Forms
lovability, loveability, lovableness, loveableness, noun
lovably, loveably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for lovable

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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