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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.
Historical Examples

And then, quite strangely, for a moment we all amiably discussed whether cold compresses might not be better.
Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson

“Let us find her together,” he said amiably, and so turned and went with her towards the archway.
The Snare Rafael Sabatini

He surveyed her amiably, resting his hands on his red-clothed thighs as he sat his legs akimbo on his stool.
The Fifth Queen Ford Madox Ford

“Gentlemen, the landscape fairly bristles with artillery,” he said amiably.
The Coyote James Roberts

“That’s what I tell ’em,” pursued Jack amiably, as he lighted a candle and led the way into the hall.
The Battle Ground Ellen Glasgow

“Well, go ahead and blow it, then,” suggested Creede amiably.
Hidden Water Dane Coolidge

But in the meantime, Oberl, I am going to join your mother and talk to her, as amiably as an enemy possibly can.
The Children of Alsace Ren Bazin

“Perhaps his business keeps him,” said Miss Maddledock amiably.
Tin-Types Taken in the Streets of New York Lemuel Ely Quigg

“I sharpen serpents’ teeth from time to time,” offered Bell amiably.
Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930 Various

“You are the first spiritualist I ever talked to, Mrs. Walters,” he said amiably.
Possessed Cleveland Moffett

having or displaying a pleasant or agreeable nature; friendly

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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