Definition of affectionate in English:

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affectionate

Pronunciation: /əˈfekSH(ə)nət/

adjective

1Readily feeling or showing fondness or tenderness: a happy and affectionate family
More example sentences
  • She may like to deny it but she is vulnerable and can be tender and affectionate.
  • That movie was tender and affectionate without being pedantic.
  • His father and mother were very affectionate and I was closely associated with his family.
Synonyms
loving, fond, adoring, devoted, caring, doting, tender, warm, warmhearted, softhearted, friendly;
demonstrative, cuddly
informal touchy-feely, lovey-dovey
1.1Expressing fondness: an affectionate kiss
More example sentences
  • Suddenly someone pushed a cookie into my mouth, and then bombarded me with affectionate hugs and kisses.
  • Duncan placed an affectionate kiss on her forehead which she didn't react to.
  • His kisses were lingering and affectionate, making my heart pound for a moment.

Origin

Late 15th century (in the sense 'disposed, inclined toward'): from French affectionné 'beloved' or medieval Latin affectionatus 'devoted', from affectio(n-), from afficere 'to influence' (see affect2).

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Syllabification: af·fec·tion·ate

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