Amiable



having or showing pleasant, good-natured personal qualities; affable:
an amiable disposition.
friendly; sociable:
an amiable greeting; an amiable gathering.
agreeable; willing to accept the wishes, decisions, or suggestions of another or others.
Obsolete. lovable or lovely.
Contemporary Examples

A knock at the door interrupted him, and his face resumed its amiable expression.
Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show Robert W. Chambers February 19, 2014

I watched another three episodes, thinking it might just be a slow start—but no, the amiable, purposeless loafing continues.
Yes, ‘Looking’ Is Boring. It’s the Drama Gays Deserve. Tim Teeman January 23, 2014

He was a freak in a noisy, amiable country that has sociability wired into its DNA.
Brazil’s School Shooting: What Happened Inside Dom Phillips April 8, 2011

As an intern at The Nation in 1989, he was an amiable and assiduous fact-checker of my copy.
Britain’s New Political Dynasty Norman Birnbaum September 30, 2010

The film is an amiable but formless waft through a 1950s British film set.
Good Actors, Bad Movies, and the Oscars Richard Rushfield November 28, 2011

Historical Examples

Every one strove who should most express his esteem of the amiable accused.
Caleb Williams William Godwin

Who could be so brutal as to blame so amiable, so candid a creature?
Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10) Maria Edgeworth

So it happened with Cleopatra, who with the assistance of her mother’s prudent counsels, became an amiable girl.
The Looking-Glass for the Mind M. Berquin

The amiable Mr. Cross allowed the foot to be raised into the boy’s lap.
In the Valley Harold Frederic

All this, added to his amiable disposition, made Phrai (that is his name) a real treasure to me.
Travels in the Central Parts of Indo-China (Siam), Cambodia, and Laos (Vol. 1 of 2) Henri Mouhot

adjective
having or displaying a pleasant or agreeable nature; friendly
adj.

mid-14c., from Old French amiable, from Late Latin amicabilis “friendly,” from amicus “friend,” related to amare “to love” (see Amy). The form confused in Old French with amable “lovable,” from Latin amare. Reborrowed later in proper Latin form as amicable.

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